Hello out there in VADIR land! So you do trainings for 750 people, and the day after you step off the road, guess what??? New guidance!! Don'tcha hate it when that happens? So onward and upward.
There is new guidance out in the Glossary. You will find the glossary at this site:
http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/irts/violence-data/home.shtml. Don't be fooled by the fact that the page looks no different. Click on the "Glossary" and you'll see that there has been extra clarification added to several categories.
Take a look at the examples of #8 Reckless Endangerment.
Review the examples of #7 Physical Injury.
Also check out the specifics for #5 Arson.
Also, in a lightening flash of forward thinking, go ahead and take a look at the 06-07 requirement under #17 Weapons Possession Only. There is now a subcategory 17.2 that will be used NEXT YEAR - NOT THIS YEAR - to capture data about weapons that are confiscated by scanners or metal detectors and such. So be ready for that as you look to next year's reporting.
Several trainings options are still available:
North Country 8/28 in Canton from 8:30 to 12:00.
Hudson Valley 8/23 in New Paltz, and 9/13 at Southern Westchester BOCES.
Keep checking in.
Your friendly neighborhood VADIR updater!