The NASDPTS conference in Kansas City, Missouri, next month will cover such topics as school bus evacuations, stop-arm violations, and service animals.
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NASDPTS Reveals Conference Agenda

State pupil transportation directors will convene in Kansas City, Missouri, next month to discuss such topics as school bus evacuations, stop-arm violations, and service animals.

These two burglary suspects in Chillicothe, Ohio, were captured by police thanks to the efforts of a school bus driver and his passengers. Photos courtesy Ross County Sheriff's Office
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Vigilance keeps kids safe, foils burglars

The “See Something, Say Something” concept advises that everyone has a responsibility to report suspicious activity. School bus driver Shawn Ost and his passengers did just that when a strange van was parked in a driveway at a bus stop.

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First Observer security training to come back online

After more than a year on hiatus, the government program is set to come back online soon to resume the training of transportation professionals in security awareness. Bill Arrington and Steve Sprague of the Transportation Security Administration discuss the ongoing efforts to launch First Observer 2.0.

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First Observer security program on hiatus

HMS Co., which has administered First Observer since 2008, stops receiving funding, but the Transportation Security Administration has reportedly said that the program will be active again in the near future. Meantime, classroom training and other program functions have been placed on hold.

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45K trained in school transportation security program

School Bus First Observer has instructed tens of thousands of drivers and other pupil transportation personnel on identifying and reporting suspicious activities. Program Manager Charles Hall says that the industry has “much to be proud of.”

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Bus security DVD sent to nation’s school districts

The Transportation Security Administration is mailing the School Bus First Observer and School Transportation Security Awareness programs to around 15,000 public school districts, urging administrators to use them for in-service training. Agency official Steve Sprague also tells SBF that First Observer will continue beyond the three-year grant that created it.

Dr. Duane Dobbert, a criminal forensics studies professor, presented his “School Bus Drivers: The 1st Line of Defense Against Child Sexual Predators” program at the West Virginia Association of Pupil Transportation State School Transportation Conference in July.
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Program instructs on sexual predator awareness

In “School Bus Drivers: The 1st Line of Defense Against Child Sexual Predators,” Dr. Duane Dobbert explains different types of sexual disorders and how to identify people who are afflicted with them. The program, which Dobbert recently taught to a group in West Virginia, has been endorsed by the Department of Homeland Security.

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Always on the lookout

Although the bombing failed, it brings back to the spotlight the fact that terrorists are seeking to carry out attacks on U.S. soil.

In a news conference on Monday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano discussed the nomination of Robert Harding to be head of the Transportation Security Administration.
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Intelligence expert tabbed as TSA chief

Robert Harding, a former Army intelligence official, will head the Transportation Security Administration if confirmed by the Senate. In other news, the agency’s long-awaited school bus security assessment has reportedly been sent to Congress.

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