As a police sergeant, Tim Daley was only able to be in one place at any given time.

But as an author and entrepreneur, the former lead investigator for gang, occult, and graffiti-related crimes now can tackle school violence in thousands of schools simultaneously, without breaking a sweat.

“It’s the next best thing to cloning,” said Daley of his book, The First 30 Minutes: A Crisis Response Handbook for Educators, which he co-authored with Dr. Melissa Jamula, superintendent of the Reading School District, the fifth largest district in Pennsylvania.

Recently, the Illinois State Board of Education mailed more than 6,200 copies of the manual to public and nonpublic schools across the state. A similar initiative was launched throughout the state of Idaho, and now additional states and school districts are implementing the program as well.

The handbook provides school administrators with step-by-step instructions on how to respond to school violence and 24 different crisis incidents, ranging from weapons on campus to assaults to hazardous materials accidents.

In addition, there are blank pages for schools to add local emergency telephone numbers. At $25 per copy (or less, in bulk), The First Thirty Minutes is an effective way for schools to demonstrate their commitment to solving school violence.

“No one wants to be perceived as doing nothing about school violence,” said Daley, “but often, administrators’ hands are tied by budget issues. This is an affordable way to put the power of crisis response back into the hands of educators.”

Educators interested in purchasing a copy of the handbook may contact New Century Solutions at (610) 370-9977 or