SCSSA Presents Friend of the Association Award to
Suffolk Police Chief
On Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, during the first general membership meeting of the new school year, the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association presented its prestigious Friend of the Association Award to Chief Stuart Cameron of the Suffolk County Police Department.
“It is an honor to recognize someone who has made a tremendous contribution to our association and our school districts,” said SCSSA President and Superintendent of the Elwood School District Dr. Kenneth Bossert. “Chief Cameron goes above and beyond to provide information, training and support to our school district security staff and to build upon the collaboration that has been developed between the Suffolk County Police Department and Suffolk County public schools.”
The Friend of the Association Award is conferred periodically to recognize individuals who are not members of the association, but have gone to extraordinary measures to support the mission-driven efforts of the association. Leaders of the educational community depend upon the support of others to ensure that the students in all Suffolk County public schools have access to outstanding programs and services in a safe, secure, orderly environment conducive to their learning and social-emotional development. The Friend of the Association Award is conferred upon those who have demonstrated that kind of support for those serving as superintendent of schools and the school districts that they lead.
“This is not an annual award,” added SCSSA Past President and Superintendent of the Hampton Bays School District Lars Clemensen. “Chief Cameron has dedicated his life work to making our schools and students safer. He brings calmness, maturity and professional experience to the task of making decisions that impact the safety of our students.”
During his career in law enforcement spanning more than 33 years, Chief Cameron has personally delivered training to hundreds of school administrators and security staff. He has also personally trained county, fire, and EMS personnel on how to coordinate their responses to an active shooter incident at a school facility. Chief Cameron developed and delivered, on numerous occasions, a comprehensive tabletop exercise to better coordinate and improve school safety in Suffolk County. This exercise program was recognized by the National Association of Counties, earning Chief Cameron its Achievement Award in 2008.
“The Suffolk County Police Department has partnered with our schools for many years, with the primary goal being the prevention of an act of mass violence in a school. While prevention is our main objective, we also have a long history of preparing our officers to respond to an event of this nature. This preparation has been multifaceted and comprehensive, leveraging partnerships with other public safety agencies and school administrators,” Chief Cameron said. “I value the working relationships that our department has developed with school administrators, and I thank the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association for this prestigious recognition.”
Chief Cameron has extensively researched and developed a level of expertise in mass shooting incidents, including attacks at school facilities. He has leveraged this research to develop evidence-based practices to assist school administrators with practical security measures at their facilities and has been the keynote speaker at school safety conferences.
Chief Cameron has authored numerous professional journal articles, including several on the topic of active shooter response and school safety. His work has appeared in the National Tactical Officers Association’s The Tactical Edge magazine, the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s The Police Chief magazine and the FBI National Academy Associate’s The National Academy Associate magazine.
“Chief Cameron has been a leader in the area of school safety for more than two decades and is a tremendous resource in developing and presenting innovative, evidence-based approaches to school safety issues,” said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart. “His dedication to keeping children safe and being prepared for the unthinkable is evident to members within the police department, and it is an honor to have him recognized by the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association.”