School Security Safety Conference Held in Washington Twp.

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School officials from throughout South Jersey came together to focus on the safety of the state's youth.

On Tuesday, August 8th, several law enforcement officials joined with school administrators and teachers for the 11th Annual South Jersey School Security Safety Conference.

The event, which was held at Washington Township High School, focused on keeping children safe from a number of dangers including domestic violence and youth suicide.

Police Chief Harry Earle, of the Gloucester Township Police Department, was in attendance and noted one of the speaker's stories. 

The speaker, he said, spoke "about adverse childhood experiences, and some of those experiences included children that witness violence, especially in the home. He also talked about how that increases the risk for young people to commit suicide and how we can connect them to a trusted adult [for their own safety]," said Earle.

The police chief noticed how the speaker's recommendations were equivalent to the steps his officers would take in a similar situation.

"That is something that our program does," said Earle.

The event also featured Connecticut State Police Detective Dan Jewiss who spoke about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 and the lessons learned from that tragedy.

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