COD’s Homeland Security Training Institute, Tom Mefferd, and staff provided and excellent, in depth, practical training presentation to over 300 school safety professionals at the MAC theater. The School Safety Drill Act self-assessment tool will undoubtedly help many toward continuous improvement. The collaborative efforts of the DuPage County ROE, College of DuPage Homeland Security Training Institute and the Northern Illinois School Safety Administrators Association are moving the needle from compliance to a deeper level of competency.”

From the top left: Tom Mefferd, Tom and the Panel of Experts – Schools, ILEAS, DuPage Fire Chiefs, Aurora Emergency Management, Elmhurst-Edward Hospital Emergency Response, DuPage Coroner’s Office, and PIO. Bottom is DuPage School Safety Task Force members Bob Berlin, Tom Mefferd, Darlene Ruscitti, Amber Quirk and John Heiderscheidt, and NISSAA Board members Marti Neahring, Kevein Triplett, Carter Larry, Lou Cammiso and John Heiderscheidt.