THE SOLUTION

Our Solution to the Problem of School Violence was published on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 at 2:22 PM after a Moment of Silence in Honor of the Victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Tragedy. We welcome your feedback and suggestions by email: Support (at) SchoolCivilDefense.com

  The Auxiliary Police Solution

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According to Wikipedia:

"Civil defense, civil defence (see spelling differences) or civil protection is an effort to protect the citizens of a state (generally non-combatants) from military attacks and natural disasters. It uses the principles of emergency operations: prevention, mitigation, preparation, response, or emergency evacuation and recovery. Programs of this sort were initially discussed at least as early as the 1920s and were implemented in some countries during the 1930s as the threat of war and aerial bombardment grew. It became widespread after the threat of nuclear weapons was realized.

Since the end of the Cold War, the focus of civil defense has largely shifted from military attack to emergencies and disasters in general. The new concept is described by a number of terms, each of which has its own specific shade of meaning, such as crisis management, emergency management, emergency preparedness, contingency planning, civil contingency, civil aid and civil protection.

In some countries, civil defense is seen as a key part of "total defense". For example, in Sweden, the Swedish word totalförsvar refers to the commitment of a wide range of resources of the nation to its defense - including to civil protection. Respectively, some countries (notably the Soviet Union) may have or have had military-organized civil defense units (Civil Defense Troops) as part of their armed forces or as a paramilitary service.

In the United States, the Office of Civil Defense was established in May 1941 to coordinate civilian defense efforts. It coordinated with the Department of the Army and established similar groups to the British ARP. One of these groups that still exists today is the Civil Air Patrol, which was originally created as a civilian auxiliary to the Army. The CAP was created on December 1, 1941, with the main civil defense mission of search and rescue. The CAP also sank two Axis submarines and provided aerial reconnaissance for Allied and neutral merchant ships.[2] In 1946, the Civil Air Patrol was barred from combat by Public Law 79-476. The CAP then received its current mission: search and rescue for downed aircraft. When the Air Force was created, in 1947, the Civil Air Patrol became the auxiliary of the Air Force.[3]

The Coast Guard Auxiliary performs a similar role in support of the U.S. Coast Guard.[4] Like the Civil Air Patrol, the Coast Guard Auxiliary was established in the run up to World War II. Auxiliarists were sometimes armed during the war, and extensively participated in port security operations. After the war, the Auxiliary shifted its focus to promoting boating safety and assisting the Coast Guard in performing search and rescue and marine safety and environmental protection.

In the United States a federal civil defense program existed under Public Law 920 of the 81st Congress,[5] as amended, from 1951-1994. That statutory scheme was made so-called all-hazards by Public Law 103-160 in 1993 and largely repealed by Public Law 103-337 in 1994.[6] Parts now appear in Title VI of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Public Law 100-107 [1988 as amended].[7] The term EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS was largely codified by that repeal and amendment. See 42 USC Sections 5101 and following.[7]"

In 1965, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) published a "Schools Boards Plan for Civil Defense." While the threat was different then, and the report focused on national security and the growing fear of nuclear attack by a foreign power, the fact remains that the NSBA stepped up to face and defend against that threat. Fifty years later, we face a new domestic security threat, namely, school mass violence. We believe it is time, once again, for local school boards to contribute to the solution. You can help us get the attention and interest of the NSBA by tweeting them.

Call for a DOJ Block Grant Program to Fund Civil Defense Auxiliary Police Programs

History of Civil Defense in the United States...

The United States Department of Justice, through the Office of Justice Programs' Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) administers criminal justice block grants to the states, which, in turn, disburses grant awards to local counties. We are proposing that Congress fund a new school safety block grant program that will help the counties fund the creation and administration of volunteer Auxiliary Police programs to be used to provide or supplement armed protection of our schools.  Such grants can either be disbursed to local sheriff offices, municpal police departments of county emergency management agencies. A list of currently funded BJA programs can be found here. Currently, BJA offers an "Active Shooter Response Training" grant and a "Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)" award, the latter of which, could be enhanced to provide the funding we seek to all counties in the United States. BJA offers a guide to grant writing here. We believe, however, each county in the United States should be entitled to a grant to fund police radio, equipment, uniforms, and professional salaries to administer Auxiliary Police programs as our children are our most precious commodity. You can help us get BJA's attention and interest by tweeting them. 

Call for Citizen Action

Examples of Volunteer Armed Auxiliary Reserve Deputy Programs in Florida

The Suffolk County NY Armed Civil Defense Volunteer Model

The auxiliary police program in Suffolk NY is a county-administered program through which, the Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD) appoints volunteers who go through a rigorous selection and training process. It is almost the same as becoming a regular paid police officer. Although there is an 'eyes and ears' component, it is not a mere neighborhood watch or citizen observer program. It is more a proactive and interactive program grounded in enhancing deterrence by increasing armed uniformed county police presence. SCPD volunteers are uniformed exactly like regular police except for a unique aux arm patch and can be armed after special training and qualification if the officer so desires. Aux. Officers patrol the community in police vehicles that look identical to regular sector cars but are clearly marked "Auxiliary" in red. Aux. officers are connected to the same police radio channel as regular police and routinely respond to citizens' calls for service, backing up regular police officers after they arrive first on the scene. The SCPD supervises the program, which is physically housed at county Emergency Management HQ in Yaphank, NY.

According to the Suffolk County Police Department's website:

"The Suffolk County Auxiliary Police is a volunteer Civil Defense force equipped and trained to assist the Suffolk County Police Department, serving as additional "eyes and ears", in an effort to improve police response to the needs of the residents of Suffolk County, NY. and to assist the police during times of natural or man made disaster. The Auxiliary Police program is made up of approximately 200 dedicated men and women who care enough to give something back to their community. Members undergo extensive training from the Suffolk County Police Department and are prepared to respond at a moment's notice in the event of an emergency."

SCPD Auxiliary Police Entrance Requirements:
*Applicant must be a citizen of the United States.
*Applicant must be a resident of Suffolk County.
*High School Diploma or GED.
*Must have reached age of 21 by date of appointment.
*Applicant must be of good moral character, have a clean criminal record and be willing to submit to fingerprinting as part of the background investigation.
NYS Driver's license.
*Applicants must pass medical, psychological and fitness examinations administered by the County of Suffolk.
Once accepted into the program, all Auxiliary Police Officers must successfully complete a 125 hour basic training course and contribute a minimum of 10 hours a month to the Auxiliary Police Program.

SCPD Aux FAQs

In some jurisdictions around the nation, including in Florida, citizen police positions are referred to as Reserve Officers. For instance, in Orange County, FL there is a volunteer Reserve program with armed officers who wear similar uniforms as regular sheriff deputies saving the county hundreds of thousands of dollars a year:

In Broward County, where the Parkland incident happened in February 2018, there is currently an unarmed "Citizen on Patrol (COP)" program. The Broward Sheriff Office (BSO) pays its Reserve Deputies.

There is a Florida Auxiliary Law Enforcement certification. Aux. Officers are mainly used for highway patrol activities to help with motor vehicle accidents and disabled vehicles.

Recently, we emailed each Florida Sheriff. To their credit, they have been meeting with the Governor to come up with new solutions (we hope they are talking with him about our solution).

The Hernando County Sheriff immediately responded to us pointing to his Auxiliary Police program. We have followed up, asking him if such officers are currently used to protect the schools and if not, if they would consider working with the local school boards on this idea. We will update this paragraph if/when he responds.

DISCLAIMER: The use of a Suffolk County New York Auxiliary Police vehicle is for descriptive purposes only and does not constitute in and of itself an endorsement of the SchoolCivilDefense.com website or the proposal to use Auxiliary Police Officers to protect children in schools by the Suffolk County Police Department.

We believe it is time for citizens to step up and demand a solution from government. But that citizens should be partners with government in developing and implementing that solution with resources immediately provided by Congress. In terms of policy development, we have identified the problem facing our schools, our children need better armed protection immediately while Congress sorts out other relevent public policy questions like gun and mental health policy.  We believe development and implementation or enhancement of existing Auxiliary Police programs nationwide is the immediate solution.

For now, citizens can start by contacting their elected and appointed officials at the local, state, and Federal levels regardless of their political persuasion pushing for this solution. We will then look to courageous men and women who are fit, willing and able to step up, join such Auxiliary Police programs, and put themselves on the front lines to help deter future incidents and keep America's children safe.

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Hope for Change

A comforting rainbow mysteriously appeared over Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida on February 28, 2018 as teachers reported to work to prepare for students' return.