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Posted Thursday, February 20th, 2020

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, who is president of the Sheriff’s Association of New Jersey, recently detailed his office’s RSVP-3 countywide school safety program and threat-reporting app to the National Sheriff’s Association national conference in Washington D.C.

photo of Sheriff James M. Gannon

Sheriff James M. Gannon

Gannon represented New Jersey’s 21 sheriffs at the conference that brought together law enforcement leaders from across the nation to collaborate on emerging and evolving issues, from legalization of marijuana to cyber-attacks.

The sheriff presented on the multi-faceted Responsible School Violence Prevention, Preparation, Protection, also known as RSVP-3. That program allows students, teachers, or anyone with a concern to anonymously report threats to school safety and behavior that could turn deadly in school corridors.

Tips to the app, which has received $23,500 in funding through the Morris County Sheriff’s Office CrimeStoppers program, is monitored in real time, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by law enforcement professionals working with school officials.

Sheriff Gannon also described for the committee how the RSVP-3 program has invested in the Behavioral Threat Assessment & Management curriculum, developed by Sigma Threat Management Associates. It has been taught to at least 300 school leaders, mental health experts and police in Morris County to help them evaluate and respond to school threats in a scientifically-reliable manner.

“Our jurisdictions may differ geographically or demographically but we share many common concerns, particularly as peace keepers under the law,” Sheriff Gannon said.