Ohio Governor Mike DeWine in 2018

Ohio Governor Signs Executive Order to Create School Safety Center

The center aims to increase the use of an anonymous tipline, review school emergency management plans and host an annual safety summit, among other priorities.

In a move he hopes will decrease violence in schools, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed an executive order Wednesday to create the Ohio School Safety Center.

The new initiative will have a staff of seven people and work within the state’s department of public safety to develop more security resources for schools, staff and students. The center will offer free risk and threat assessments to schools in addition to addressing some of DeWine’s other priorities, including the increased use of a centralized tipline.

“Having one office where the staff solely focuses on keeping our students safe and our schools secure, will allow analysts to nimbly assess threats, proactively address potential issues, and expertly train and support school faculty in a more streamlined manner,” DeWine said in a statement.

According to the governor’s office, the center’s staff will focus on:

  • Promoting and expanding the use of Ohio’s Safer School Helpline, which responds to anonymous reports of school safety concerns and passes those tips to law enforcement
  • Conducting more thorough monitoring of online platforms and social media for threats of school violence
  • Reviewing emergency management plans and providing threat assessment training to schools
  • Hosting an annual summit for public safety and mental health professionals to share best practices and resources with school leaders
  • Consolidating all school safety resources and upcoming training dates on the center’s website

DeWine’s executive order also created the Ohio School Safety Working Group. The group of experts on public safety, education, mental health and emergency management will meet quarterly to discuss current campus security trends and help develop a yearly report on the state of school safety in Ohio.

The governor said that the new center is part of his 17-point plan to reduce gun violence and increase mental health treatment for Ohioans. DeWine released the plan shortly after nine people were killed by a gunman in a Dayton entertainment district earlier this month.

About the Author

Haley Samsel is an Associate Content Editor for the Infrastructure Solutions Group at 1105 Media.


  • Convergint Gives Back Globally, Celebrates 23rd Annual Social Responsibility Day

    Today, Convergint celebrates its 23rd Annual Convergint Social Responsibility Day, as nearly 10,000 colleagues across 220 global locations have the opportunity to spend the workday giving back to their local communities. This year’s efforts have resulted in a total payroll donation of more than $3 million and more than $500,000 in labor and equipment donations from Convergint colleagues, partners, and families. Additionally, 400 colleagues and partners will help complete the company’s largest STEP Up project to-date for the Douglas County School District in Castle Rock, Colorado. Read Now

  • 2024 Secure Campus Award Winners Announced

    Campus Security Today is pleased to announce the 2024 Secure Campus Award winners. Twenty-six companies are being recognized this year for products that help keep education and business campuses safe. Read Now

  • Making Safety and Security Intrinsic to School Design

    Public anxieties about school safety are escalating across the country. According to a 2023 Gallup report, 44% of parents fear for their child’s physical safety at school, a 10 percentage-point increase since 2019. Unfortunately, these fears are likely to increase if the incidence of school tragedies continues to mount. As a result, school leaders are now charged with two non-negotiable responsibilities. The first, as always, is to ensure kids have what they need to learn, grow, and thrive. Sadly, their second responsibility is to keep the children in their care safe from threats and physical danger. Read Now

  • Unlocking Peace of Mind

    In a perfect world, every school would have an unlimited budget to help secure their schools. In reality, schools must prioritize what budget they have while navigating the complexities surrounding school security and lockdown Read Now