Michael Dorn

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  • Conference keynotes
  • Safety, security, culture, climate and emergency preparedness assessments, training and consulting
  • Bullying prevention expert
  • Student supervision expert

Our Executive Director, Michael Dorn is among the most experienced, widely published and highly respected school safety experts in the world. Michael’s work has taken him to Mexico, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Asia, India and the Middle East. Selected as the Senior Analysts for School Safety and Emergency Management for Jane’s after an international search, Michael has authored and co-authored 27 books on school safety and emergency preparedness. Michael is currently co-authoring a 600-page university textbook for Cognella – Extreme Violence – Preventing and Preparing for Active Shooter, Active Killer, Terrorism and Hate Crimes which is due for publication in 2018. Michael’s previous books include:

  • School/Law Enforcement Partnerships: A Guide to Police Work in Schools
  • Weakfish – Bullying Through the Eyes of a Child
  • Innocent Targets – When Terrorism Comes to School
  • Jane’s Safe Schools Planning Guide for All Hazards
  • Let None Learn in Fear – Michael Dorn on School Safety
  • Staying Alive – How to Act Fast and Survive Deadly Encounters

Michael has keynoted hundreds of states, national and international conferences from Virginia to Vietnam and from Trinidad-Tobago to Toronto. Michael has worked with schools from South Dakota to South Africa and from Kentucky to Kenya and has conducted school security assessments from New York to New Delhi. Michael has delivered keynote or plenary sessions at more than three dozen major universities as well as for the FBI National Academy, United States Department of Education, United States Department of Homeland Security, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Enforcement, the National Association of Pupil Transportation, the National Educator’s Association, the National Association of School Resource Officers, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the International Bullying Prevention Conference and at the International Conference on Safe School Design. Michael has also keynoted the highly regarded Indiana School Safety Specialist’s Academy for the Indiana Department of Education every year since 2004.

Michael has been a full-time campus safety practitioner for most of the past 35 years and served as a full-time public safety official for 25 years. Prior to serving as the Executive Director of Safe Havens International, Michael served as:

  • Police Officer, Corporal, Sergeant and Lieutenant for the Mercer University Police Department
  • Chief of Police for the Bibb County, Georgia Public School System
  • School Safety Specialist for the Office of the Governor – Georgia Emergency Management Agency (top expert for the nation’s largest state government pre – K-20 school safety center)
  • State Antiterrorism Planner and Lead Program Manager for the Georgia Office of Homeland Security Terrorism Division
  • Senior Analyst for School Safety and Emergency Management for Jane’s

A graduate of the 181st session of the prestigious three-month FBI National Academy, Dartmouth College’s Advanced Russian Immersion Language Program, Michael has completed a bachelor’s degree with a double major in history and political science and has a master’s degree from the Business School at Mercer University. Michael also has a certificate in Management Development from the American Management Association – Harvard School of Business delivered through Mercer University.

Michael also received a fellowship to travel to the State of Israel for 14 days of intensive anti-terrorism and counterterrorism training ad briefings from the Israel Police, Israel Defense Forces and Israeli Intelligence Agencies through the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange Program at Georgia State University. Michael has completed more than 3,000 classroom hours of formal law enforcement, fire service and emergency management training. While serving as an active duty law enforcement officer, Michael attained Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Management, Executive and Instructor certification through the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Counsel.

In addition to authoring and co-authoring 27 books, Michael has also authored hundreds of articles as well as columns for School Planning and Management, Campus Safety, Today’s School, School Transportation News and College Planning and Management magazines. Michael’s expertise has been routinely utilized by many organizations including the FBI, U.S. Department of Education, National Emergency Management Association, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Israeli Police, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, U.S. Attorney General’s Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and dozens of state police, emergency management agencies and departments of education. Michael’s training videos are in use by school systems and public safety agencies in more than 30 countries. The FBI, U.S. Secret Service, Texas Rangers, Israel Police and British Intelligence and security services are among the organizations that have used his training videos.

Michael works at advanced levels in a number of critical school safety areas including:

  • The prevention of school weapons assaults
  • School violence prevention
  • School emergency preparedness
  • Bullying prevention
  • School safety policy development and implementation
  • The prevention of sexual misconduct and sexual assault in schools
  • Evaluating and improving student supervision
  • Conducting school safety, security, climate, culture and emergency preparedness assessments
  • Effective utilization of security and law enforcement and security officers in schools
  • Terrorism and schools
  • School bus security and emergency preparedness
  • Background checks and proper screening of school employees
  • Reporting and investigating criminal activity
  • Post incident investigations for school crisis events
  • Testing the fidelity of school safety policies, plans and procedures

Michael has worked with a wide array of public, charter, faith-based, military, international and independent schools. Michael has provided oversight for more than 6,000 K12 school security assessments in more than 40 states, Vietnam, Canada, Mexico, Bolivia, South Africa, Kenya. Nigeria and India. Michael has also worked on more than 50 Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) and Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant projects funded through the United States Department of Education. He has worked on more than a hundred major school safety initiatives through state and federal departments of education, homeland security, law enforcement, public health and emergency management including the development project for the United States Department of Education’s Practical Information on Crisis Planning – A Guide for Schools and Communities, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) manuals on designing school facilities that are resistant to terrorist attacks and natural disasters, and the United States Department of Education and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Enforcement (BATFE) school bomb threat planning CD ROM. Michael co-authored the United States Department of Homeland Security IS 360 web course Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education, and Houses of Worship training program focused on active shooter incidents. This program was developed for the United States Department of Homeland Security as part of the 2013 White House School Safety Initiative.

Sought out as a neutral, accurate and qualified expert by reputable media organizations, Michael has been featured on 20/20, NPR, CNN, FOX, Hannity, Al Jazeera America, Good Morning America, MSNBC, ABC World News Tonight and has been interviewed by the BBC, the Washington Post, LA Times, the New York Times, Huffington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, the Associated Press, Time Magazine, Tokyo Broadcasting and hundreds of other media organizations from more than a dozen countries. Michael has also served as an expert witness for superior and federal civil actions in more than a dozen states and Washington D.C. Michael has taught advanced sessions on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) for architects, building planners, educators and law enforcement officers at the School of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin as well as for the National Crime Prevention Institute and keynoted the International Conference on Safe School Design at Johnson and Wales University in Denver.