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National School Safety Center

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The National School Safety Center (NSSC) was created by Presidential directive in 1984. The Center was formed by a partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Education, and Pepperdine University. The Center's national headquarters are in Westlake Village, CA. NSSC's mandate is to focus national attention on cooperative solutions to problems that disrupt the educational process. Special emphasis is placed on efforts to rid schools of crime, violence, and drugs, and on programs to improve student discipline, attendance, and achievement, and school climate. NSSC provides technical assistance, offers legal and legislative aid, and produces publications and films. The Center also serves as a clearinghouse for information on school safety issues.

NSSC's communications section conducts a comprehensive national public relations program that includes producing public service announcements, films, publications, resource papers, articles, conferences, and other promotional activities. NSSC's School Safety News Service is published nine times annually. Considered one of America's leading school crime prevention news journals, it features topical articles by prominent authors and communicates trends and exemplary programs for delinquency prevention and school safety. These materials promote NSSC's underlying theme: the need for partnerships between schools, other public and private institutions, and the community.

NSSC maintains a resource center with more than 50,000 articles, publications, and films on victim's rights, school security, student discipline, bullying, character development, law-related education, drug trafficking and abuse, school/law enforcement partnerships, public/community relations, and attendance issues.

The NSSC field services section coordinates a national network of education, law enforcement, business, legal, and other civic and professional leaders who are working cooperatively to create and maintain safe schools. The field services section provides online training and technical assistance programs worldwide.

Contact information:

Ronald Stephens
4165 Thousand Oaks Boulevard
Suite 290
Westlake Village, CA 91362

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