This 3.5 day Symposium examines lessons learned from traumatic events and reveals new, preemptive school safety measures growing in multiple realms. The Symposium is designed to provide a number of takeaways that districts, departments and agencies can implement immediately. This is not open to the public, and attendees will be asked to show an agency or organization I.D. upon check-in.


Law enforcement, school personnel, victim advocates, mental health professionals, emergency and risk management staff, school safety teams and all first responders.


Presenters include school administrators, law enforcement, criminal justice and school security administrators who have been involved in the response and recovery to school violence and other events.


The 2018 Briefings will be held at the Adams 12 Five-Star School District Conference Center: 1500 E. 128th Ave, Thornton, CO 80241

 Inscription at the Columbine Memorial.  Photo by Ben Findling.

Inscription at the Columbine Memorial.  Photo by Ben Findling.


Presentations are all general sessions starting at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 8 with a debriefing of the Platte Canyon School shooting. Hours are 8:30 to 4:30 on Monday and Tuesday, with lunch on your own from approximately Noon to 1:00. Wednesday begins at the Columbine Memorial in Clement Park which is adjacent to Columbine High School. Following that is a debriefing in Columbine High until around noon. The Briefings adjourn after that. 


The Briefings is hosted by The "I Love U Guys" Foundation, with assistance from Adams 12 Five-Star School District and the Colorado State Attorney General's Office.

The registration fee is $350 per person. There are tuition grants available; please contact us directly for information. Proceeds benefit The I Love U Guys Foundation.

A short glimpse of the Columbine Memorial ceremony on July 11, 2017 during the school safety symposium. Credit: Selina Doran

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2018 Symposium Focus



Sunday, July 8, opens with a session on dealing with trauma (Dr. John Nicoletti), and is followed by a compelling debriefing of the shooting at Platte Canyon High School with John-Michael Keyes presenting a parent's point of view along with first responders.

Monday keynote presentations include Domino Pushers (Dr. David Benke), Virginia Tech: A Survivor's Perspective (Lisa Hamp), Arapahoe High School Shooting (Ofc. Englert), and Trauma Care (Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence).

Tuesday is the Standard Response Protocol/Standard Reunification Method Full Day Train The Trainer Workshop, an advanced introduction to the SRP and SRM. (Full description: http://iloveuguys.org/srp_srm_workshop.html)

Wednesday starts with a ceremony at the Columbine Memorial, reminding us why we do what we do. Following that is a debrief and walk-through of Columbine High School with Frank DeAngelis (Principal) and Commander A.J. DeAndrea (SWAT entry team).



Sunday evening, after the PCHS Debrief, a pizza and salad dinner will be provided at the conference center so everyone has a chance to socialize. 


All content is Colorado POST certified. Please contact us for out-of-state POST credits.

Participants attending at least 20 hours of sessions will gain the skills and knowledge they need to bring the SRP and SRM programs back to their districts and agencies, and will receive a certificate of training.




La Quinta Inn - Northglenn - FULL

345 W 120th Ave, Westminster, Colorado 80234

DoubleTree by Hilton - Thornton

83 E 120th Avenue, Thornton, Colorado 80233

Must be booked before June 17, 2018.

Standard Single or Double room: $139.00 per night. Rate includes free continental breakfast and WiFi.

Reservations can be made on the website: doubletree3.hilton.com or by calling 303-920-8000. Block code is ILUG.

NOTE: No shuttle service is provided

Public Transportation

Light rail is available for transportation to and from Denver International Airport. The station is 20 minutes from the hotel, and 25 minutes from the Symposium venue.
Information: RTD Light Rail Line B