CaptureOn Sunday, July 8, 2012, through Wednesday, July 11, 2012, the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department (M-DSPD) partnered with the City of Miami Police Department (MPD) as co-sponsors of the National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officials (NASSLEO), 43rd Annual School Security Conference, which was held at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Investing in Our Youth Through Partnerships.” School Police personnel, along with Mr. Mark Zaher from School Operations, and Ms. Sara Marken, Assistant School Board Attorney, facilitated workshops on topics such as the District Critical Incident Response Team (DCIRT) and the Random Metal Detection Program (RMDP). In addition to the group seminars, there were a number of special events attended by various District officials. School Board Vice-Chair Dr. Lawrence Feldman and Superintendent Alberto Carvalho attended the President’s Dinner, where they spoke in support of the NASSLEO organization. Mr. Eugene “Red” McAllister, who is a former Chief of the M-DSPD and one of the founders of NASSLEO, was in attendance to give a scholarship award to Minaz Jivraj, a former student at Miami Southwest High School.

The NASSLEO conference was a great opportunity for the District to highlight our many successes in the area of school policing. Special thanks to all the M-DSPD and MPD personnel who worked tirelessly to make this event possible and a great success.