Training Opportunities

The Office of School Safety is dedicated to providing training that helps schools deter, prevent, mitigate, and respond to school violence. Our training initiatives are shown below.


School Resource Officer (Basic)


The Appleton School District, in partnership with the Office of School Safety, is sponsoring Basic School Resource Officer courses. This is a forty-hour block of instruction designed for law enforcement officers and school safety professionals working in an educational environment and with school administrators. The course provides tools for officers to build positive relationships with both students and staff. The course is also beneficial for educational professionals dedicated to providing a safe learning environment and provides a more in-depth understanding of the role and functions of an SRO. This course is limited to sworn Wisconsin school resource officers, sworn school liaisons, and school officials.


Date Location Registration Link


SUSO Tip Line: Train-the-Trainer


These webinars are a train-the-trainer curriculum for elementary, middle, and high school students. The material presented is age-appropriate information on when and how to use the free statewide confidential tip line to report threats of school violence. There will be two courses available; one for elementary students and one for middle school/high school students. The elementary specific presentation focuses on “telling a trusted adult” when someone makes them feel unsafe. The middle school/high school presentation focuses more on school violence prevention, the use of the tip line application and making a tip. How these presentations can/should be delivered. This presentation is intended to be provided directly to students during school hours. The information can be provided to them during homeroom, study hall or during a general assembly for each individual grade. The training is projected to only take 10-15 minutes of student’s time.


After the completed webinar you will receive a virtual toolkit to the email address that you used to register for the webinar. The virtual toolkit that will include:

  • Ready to deliver curriculum package
  • Ready to print promotional items
  • Letter to parents introducing SUSO
  • Link to the SUSO store
  • A SUSO school fact sheet
  • A SUSO law enforcement agency fact sheet
Date Location Registration Link

January 11th



January 20th



January 27th





Basic Threat Assessment Team Course & Advanced Threat Assessment Course


The Basic Threat Assessment Team course is for school administrators, mental health professionals, security personnel and law enforcement. This course explains why threat assessment is an important part of violence prevention in schools, who should be part of school-based threat assessment team, the investigative themes important in threat assessment, how to determine the severity of the threat, and how to determine the appropriate response to concerning behavior. Attendees will work in small teams to complete tabletop exercises and discuss appropriate outcomes. There is no charge for this training.


The Advanced Threat Assessment Team course is a training for school administrators, mental health professionals, security personnel and law enforcement who have already completed the Basic School Threat Assessment Team Course. This course will discuss concepts in intimate partner violence such as the pathway to violence, the intimacy effect, and power/control. This course will also discuss concepts in violent extremism and the role it plays in school violence. This is an eight-hour course delivered by Kristen Devitt, M.Ed., CTM, Director of the Office of School Safety at the Wisconsin Department of Justice. There is no charge for this training.



If you are taking either Basic or Advanced Threat Assessment virtually, please be advised that in order to obtain certification status with OSS, two things must occur:


  1. A minimum of 330 minutes for each course must be attended by each participant
  2. The course work is turned in, via email to the instructor, for both classes. 

If either of these items are not met, the attendee will not obtain certification status. Coursework must be completed by individual attendees, and group work will not be accepted.


Other notes from OSS: 

  • If signing up for both basic and advanced training sessions, please attend on consecutive days.
  • Please register with your work related email 
  • In order for DOJ to track and certify attendees, please avoid registering others. We appreciate individuals signing up for themselves only. At the time of training, please join with the registration link provided. This is how OSS verifies training attendance and completion. If you must participate with a group (i.e., in a conference room), please email OSS ESA Emily Ramsey ahead of time at
Training Dates Location Registration Link
Basic Threat Assessment

January 25, 2022

9:00AM - 4:00PM

Advanced Threat Assessment

February 2, 2022

9:00AM - 4:00PM




Adolescent Mental Health training

(Required by Round 2 of School Safety Grants)


The Adolescent Mental Health training curriculum was created by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. This 12-hour course includes information on developmentally appropriate behavior vs. mental illness, symptoms of specific diagnosis, trauma informed practices, de-escalation techniques, engaging parents in the process, and a community service provider discussion panel. The Round 2 grant requires recipient schools to send their 10% to this training. Click here for the instructions for signing up for this Adolescent Mental Health through NASRO's website. Attendance is restricted to school employees and law enforcement officers.

Date Location Registration link



Mental Health Training Requirements


The Office of School Safety will accept mental health training options that meet all the criteria and processes shown here as satisfying the School Safety Initiative round 2 grant training requirement. The Mental Health Training Form required for non-AMHT courses is available here. If a school is interested in sending more than 10% of their staff to mental health training meeting this requirement, reach out to the Grant Specialist for more information.