2017 Texas Public Junior Colleges Safety and Security Needs Assessment Report
The Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) serves public junior colleges in Texas by providing education, training and resources relating to safety, security and health. Therefore, it is important to conduct regular needs assessments in order to ensure that the information provided is relevant and applicable to the current safety needs of junior colleges. Toward this aim, the TxSSC conducted a needs assessment of all Texas public junior colleges in the spring of 2017.
Texas Cigarette, E-Cigarette, and Tobacco Product Laws Handbook
The Texas Cigarette, E-Cigarette, and Tobacco Product Laws Handbook is a compilation of local, state, and federal laws pertaining tobacco enforcement. The laws are directly referenced from the Texas Education Code, Texas Healthy and Safety Code, Texas Labor Code, Texas Penal Code, Texas Tax Code, United States FDA Tobacco Control Act, and United States Code. This handbook also contains model ordinances of Americans for Nonsmoker Rights and examples of Texas Municipal Clean Indoor Air ordinances.
2012-2016 Tobacco Enforcement Program Report
The data analyzed in this report was collected in state fiscal years 2012 through 2016 (September 1, 2011 to August 31, 2016). The tables in this report are comprised of data collected from 66 independent counties across Texas, with 103 total law enforcement agencies that performed controlled-buy stings using minors to enforce the sale of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and tobacco products to persons younger than 18 years of age.
Texas School Safety Practices Survey Report
The purpose of this survey was to identify practices currently being used to promote safety in schools, and to assess any contextual aspects of these practices. In collecting this information, the Texas School Safety Center aimed to develop a more translational approach to school safety, which can be used by schools in diverse settings throughout the state. This survey was completed by administrators, teachers, and law enforcement in schools across Texas. The results of this study will inform the basis for future targeted and transferable research on school safety.
Campus Safety and Security Needs Assessment Report
The Texas School Safety Center strives to provide accurate and relevant research-based information that supports the development of education, training, and other resources and guidance to promote school safety. To this end, TxSSC periodically conducts a needs assessment survey to examine safety concerns among school administrators, and to assess the best way to distribute relevant information. The results from this assessment are used to inform future research and guide education efforts to ensure the center continue to provide relevant information, based in the most current and effective evidence-based practices.
School-Based Law Enforcement Training Summits Evaluation Report
The Texas School Safety Center, through its Institute for Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS) program, provides specialized training for law enforcement officers to meet the safety and security challenges that schools face today. The mission of the ICJS is to develop and deliver research-based training for Texas Peace law enforcement officers while placing an emphasis on school-based law enforcement. Process and outcome evaluations of School-Based Law Enforcement Summits are routinely conducted to determine if the program's objectives are being reached and/or what improvements can be made to better serve school-based officers.
2012-2015 Junior College Audit Report (JCAR)
The purpose of the JCAR is to provide key results of the safety and security audits completed by Texas public junior college districts (herein referred to as junior college districts). In accordance with procedures developed by the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) or an equivalent public or private entity, the Texas Education Code requires junior college districts to complete safety and security audits of their facilities once every three years (§37.108 (4)(b)). Audits are conducted with the aim of identifying hazards, threats, and vulnerabilities that might pose a danger to life or property and/or may interfere with a safe, secure, and healthy environment that is conducive to higher education.
2011-2014 District Audit Report (DAR)
The purpose of the DAR is to provide key results of the safety and security audits completed by Texas public school districts. In accordance with procedures developed by the TxSSC or an equivalent public or private entity, the TEC requires districts to complete safety and security audits of their facilities once every three years. While the term "audit" is included in TEC §37.108 and used throughout this report for consistency, the process was developed as an ongoing self-assessment of a district's safety and security. A summary of the audit results is required to be submitted to the district Board of Trustees as well as the TxSSC, and incorporated into a statewide report for the public.
Scholarly Research Articles
The Texas School Safety Center is continuously engaged in scholarly research focused on a variety of topics related to school safety, security, and health. To disseminate the findings of these research projects, the center is committed to publishing practitioner technical reports with a focus on tangible real-world recommendations to address areas related to safety, security, and health in schools. In addition to publishing these practitioner reports, the center is also dedicated to contributing to the scholarly discussion of these topics by publishing its work in various journals. By publishing its research in these different formats, the center aims to connect rigorous scholarly research with real world practical solutions that stakeholders can use to continuously improve safety and security in their schools.