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In the midst of public debates over gun control v. gun rights, and public outcry over red flags overlooked, breakdowns in communication, missed opportunities for intervention by mental health professionals, and disturbing reports of apparent dereliction of duty by local law enforcement officers, Jim seized the momentum to offer an apolitical, non-partisan response to the school safety problem grounded in citizen action.
Immediately, Jim's existing network of personal and Internet connections embraced the idea of putting armed civilian volunteers in the schools trained as Auxiliary Police Officers as an immediate school safety solution. Thanks to social media, that network grows by the day through the hashtag #SchoolCivilDefense.
On February 28, 2018 at 2:21PM, exactly two weeks after the attack on Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, Jim Lamb, a retired Auxiliary Police Officer, now a Ft. Lauderdale resident, business leader and father of three, whose friends' and a co-worker's kids attend the school and were affected by the incident, formally founded and launched SchoolCivilDefense.com to propose a nationwide solution to the problem of school violence.
Jim is a former state (NY) law enforcement officer, currently a business owner and volunteer Public Affairs Officer with the USCG Auxiliary. He holds an Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a specialization in police administration and is a former juvenille justice grant administrator with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice. He has volunteer experience with two Auxiliary police programs in New York, including the Suffolk County Police Department's program, where he served as Deputy Coordinator of the 1st Precinct's unit.
SchoolCivilDefense.com is calling on students, teachers, parents, government and law enforcement, business, and members of local communities to embrace the idea that school safety needs to be everyone's concern.
SchoolCivilDefense aims to actively promote to elected officials, government agencies, the media, and the public the use of vetted, well-trained, armed, uniformed civilian volunteers under the wing of local police departments in furtherance of the mission of Federal and state emergency management agencies pursuant to civil defense law.
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