The devastating school shootings in Jonesboro in 1998 and Colorado's Columbine High School in 1999 called for action within the University of Arkansas System and prompted the Criminal Justice Institute to roll out its Safe Schools Initiative class.
"Schools are very interested in keeping their students and their faculty safe," said Division Administrator Lorance Johnson.
Educators and law enforcement from across the state packed one of the sessions on Tuesday.
The group learned that one of the key elements in effectively responding to a threat on a school campus is a unified response.
Dana Brown, Principal at Mountain Home High School, says unity is why their plan is considered one of the best in the state.
School resource officers, who are armed police placed on school campuses, agree.
"Collaboration between first responders is imperative, it's a great time to come together," said Lt. Jenceson Pate of the Bryant Police Department.
A great time to come together now, in case of a crisis later.