To enable school officials to compose Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) to enhance their ability to respond to school-related emergencies and disasters.
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
- Define the term “Memorandum of Understanding.”
- Identify two reasons for having MOUs.
- Explain the importance of having written MOUs in place prior to emergency situations.
- Identify the suggested components of an MOU.
- Compare an MOU to the five parts of an investigative report.
- Complete a basic MOU.
A participant manual will be provided. Participants are expected to bring appropriate writing instruments.
Donald Smith, Jr.
Donald Smith, Jr. is an Emergency Planning and Response Management Coordinator for the Center for Safe Schools. Mr. Smith holds his BA in Criminal Justice Administration from Alvernia College in Reading, Pennsylvania. He received his teaching certification after course work at the Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Smith received an M.Ed. from Temple University, where he also completed his principal certification. Prior to beginning his “second” career in education, Mr. Smith served as a police officer from 1976 to 1994. He has worked in the schools as a teacher, dean of students and held both building level and district level administrative positions. In addition to policing, Mr. Smith has over 37 years experience in the emergency services field as a volunteer firefighter/line officer, EMS provider/chief, Hazardous Materials Team Member and has served in various positions at the municipal and county emergency management levels.
Mr. Smith provides intensive technical assistance to schools and communities in the broad areas of safety and emergency management. He is responsible for developing and delivering training programs for schools in the area of Emergency Preparedness and Response. Additionally, Mr. Smith conducts emergency plan reviews and provides follow-up recommendations for improvements and implementation.
Michael C. Bookser
Michael C. Bookser is currently an Emergency Planning and Response Management Coordinator for the Center for Safe Schools. In his 37 years as a police officer, 21 were spent as the Chief of Police. Additionally, Mr. Bookser has served as a municipal Emergency Management Coordinator for past 18 years. Mr. Bookser served on the following Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) Committees: County Systems Committee; Local Systems Committee; Technology and Automation Advisory Committee; Law Enforcement Workgroup; Internet Safety Committee; and Management Information Systems Oversight Committee. He also served as the Chairman of the 2008 PCCD Criminal Justice Technology Conference in Pennsylvania.
As a certified instructor for the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission, Mr. Bookser has taught basic training subjects at the Allegheny County Police Training Academy for 25 years. As a master instructor for the Protecting Kids Online Internet Safety Initiative coordinated by the Center for Safe Schools for 12 years, Mr. Bookser has trained law enforcement officers and presents the Protecting Kids Online Program for Pennsylvania’s public and private schools. Mr. Bookser is an I-Safe instructor, an Internet Safety Initiative of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice. He has presented the subject of the use of technology in law enforcement before international groups such as the IACP, and the International Society of Police Futurists.
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