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Carolinas School Gun Violence Prevention & Mitigation Forum


Join education safety leaders and industry luminaries at ZeroNow's School Violence Prevention & Mitigation Forum on April 27 and 28 to learn how to prepare for preventing active shooter scenarios. Our experts will discuss:

  • Threat Assessment
  • Mass Notification
  • Situational Awareness
  • Reunification

This special event will provoke new ideas and elevate innovation for safety-related initiatives.

About the Speakers

Matt Nichols

Matt Nichols is the President / CEO of Crime Prevention Concepts Training & Consulting, LLC. Matt has over 25 years of combined and decorated service in civilian law enforcement, military law enforcement, security, anti-terrorism and firefighting. Not only does Matt provide quality services for a safer tomorrow but he has also done the job, gaining an extensive insight to provide the best solutions and training possible for you. Matt has over 3,000 hours of training in the aforementioned career fields. Matt strives for perfection in all aspects of the services his company provides. Matt continually surrounds himself with experts within the disciplines of the services his company provides in order to stay abreast of current trends and to make sure his company is offering top notch services. Matt's passion for educating people in regards to public safety and awareness; detecting, deterring and defending against violent crime and developing better generations in society for the future are clearly noticeable during his instruction, assessments and presentations. Matt also maintains a very passionate determination for making schools safer and educating the youth to produce leaders for tomorrow's world which is obvious by his over 10 years’ experience as a school resource officer."

Paul Timm

Paul Timm, Vice President of Facility Engineering Associates, is a board-certified Physical Security Professional (PSP) and the author of “School Security: How to Build and Strengthen a School Safety Program.” He was named one of the Most Influential People in Security in 2020 by Security Magazine. In addition to conducting numerous vulnerability assessments and his frequent keynote addresses, Paul is an experienced School Crisis Assistance Team volunteer through the National Organization for Victims Assistance (NOVA). He serves on the Campus Safety Conferences Advisory Board, the Advisory Council for the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools, the ASIS International School Safety and Security Council, and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials Risk Management Committee. He is certified in Vulnerability Assessment Methodology (VAM) through Sandia National Laboratories and the ALPHA™ vulnerability assessment methodology. Paul holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Moody Theological Seminary.

Captain Rick Francis

Rick Francis started with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office (FL) in 2007. He oversees the School Safety Division as the School Safety Director. Rick is responsible for 66 schools, approximately 68,000 students and 8,000 staff members. He has provided subject matter expertise on school safety and security matters. He began his law enforcement career with Florida Fish and Wildlife as a marine patrol officer in 2003 before joining the Sheriff’s Office. Rick has been assigned to patrol, major crimes investigations, domestic security, watch commander, and the School Safety Division. Rick has also been a member of SWAT since 2002 and has served as the High-Risk Incident Commander since 2016. He has served as an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security at Seminole State College since 2012 and Mercy College since 2016. Rick sits on several boards to include: Crime line, School Health Advisory Board, Youth Commission, Positive Behavior Pathways Committee, Opioid Task Force, and the Domestic Security Task Force. Rick served in the US Navy as a combat medic for four years, then served in the Army Reserve for two years as a flight medic. He earned a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice (with Honors) from Andrew Jackson University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Administration (with Honors) from Columbia College. He is a member of the Delta Epsilon Tau Honor Society.

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