Safety and Security in New Jersey Schools Addressed with New Program

Teaneck, NJ (May 31, 2005) — How can our high schools, middle schools and elementary schools be safer and more secure? To help administrators, faculty and staff meet this challenge, two new certificate programs from Fairleigh Dickinson University begin in the fall of 2005.

The 12-credit program offers a Graduate Certificate in School Security and Safety Administration. The 18-credit Undergraduate Certificate is in School Resource Officer Leadership and Administration. “We want these certificate programs to be convenient and efficient,” said Kenneth T. Vehrkens, dean of FDU’s Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies. “Courses will be taught in northern, central and southern New Jersey locations and use in-person and distance learning components.”

Vehrkens noted, “We’ve convened an outstanding Board of Advisors to recommend school safety and security curricula for school officials, administrators, teachers, and the staff of primary and secondary schools. This Board is a cross section of educators and state law enforcement personnel that includes principals, superintendents, public safety leaders and emergency management professionals.”

The Advisory Board includes Fred D’Antoni, principal, Bordentown Regional High School; Jennifer Moran, principal, Academy of the Holy Angels, Demarest; Jay Berman, principal, Fort Lee High School; Ernest Batha, principal, Liberty School, Great Meadow; Carl Mittelhammer, chairman, Police Foundation for School Safety, Westwood; Joseph Devine, chief of detectives and investigators, Morris County Prosecutors Office, Morristown; Jack Hurley, principal, Rutherford High School; Frank Scott, executive director of the New Jersey Regional Community Policing Institute (Ret.) and former Emergency Management Coordinator for Paramus; and Deborah Feinberg, principal, New Providence High School.

For the graduate level certificate, students will study crisis management for the school administrator and a course in community threat assessment and risk analysis — where students will conduct a vulnerability assessment survey within their school districts and community – culminating in a comprehensive response plan. The emergency management and safety administration class provides for in-depth analysis, the need for emergency planning, allocation of resources, safety in the work environment and federal and state regulations. In “Global Preparedness for Catastrophic Emergencies,” the social dimensions of disaster, disaster psychology of terrorism, bio-defense mobilization and cyber security are studied.

The undergraduate certificate covers school emergency management, leadership development, psychology of terrorism, preparedness for catastrophic emergencies, and effective risk communication.

For information on these new school security and safety certificate programs, contact Ronald E. Calissi, Executive Associate Dean, at 201 692 7172 or

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