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PAVE Prevention and Alameda County Library Successfully Conclude Groundbreaking Safety and De-escalation Training Program

Alameda, CA, May 2024 — PAVE Prevention and Alameda County Library (AC Library) proudly announce the successful completion of their pioneering safety and de-escalation training program. The initiative, which commenced in early 2024, marks a significant milestone in enhancing workplace safety and equipping library staff with invaluable skills to navigate real-life scenarios with empathy and cultural humility.

Over the past months, approximately 120 Alameda County Library employees participated in the comprehensive training program, which covered essential areas such as empathy, emotional intelligence, de-escalation techniques, and boundary setting strategies, often identified by PAVE as “human safety skills.” Through immersive role-playing exercises, physical scenarios, and reflective discussions, participants gained practical insights and tools to foster a safe and inclusive environment for library members and colleagues.

Arlene Limas OLY, CEO of PAVE Prevention, expressed her satisfaction with the program's outcomes, stating, "The dedication and commitment demonstrated by AC Library staff throughout the training process have been remarkable. By embracing trauma-informed approaches and fostering a culture of empathy, they have not only enhanced their own safety but also enriched the library experience for the entire community."

Deb Sica, Acting County Librarian, echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the program's transformative impact on staff and library operations. "The culmination of this training marks a significant milestone in our journey towards creating a welcoming and supportive environment for all," she said. “What PAVE has done is helped to train my team in the library on trauma-informed, racial equity based, de-escalation. This is something that libraries have needed for a long time, we are a public space, so everything that exists in the public exists in our spaces. Libraries are truly a public necessity, and that’s why our partnership with PAVE has been so important.”


The successful conclusion of the safety and de-escalation training program reaffirms AC Library's commitment to prioritizing the safety and well-being of its employees and members. By investing in initiatives aimed at enhancing workplace safety and fostering a culture of inclusivity, AC Library continues to set a benchmark for libraries nationwide.


Media Contact: 

Nikki Smith

Manager of Marketing, Communications, & Technology

PAVE Prevention

About PAVE Prevention: PAVE Prevention is a leading organization dedicated to providing trauma-informed violence prevention training. With a focus on empowering individuals and communities, PAVE Prevention delivers impactful programs addressing violence in various settings.

For more information about PAVE Prevention, visit

About Alameda County Library: Alameda County Library provides essential services across multiple locations, serving diverse communities. Committed to authenticity, integrity, creativity, curiosity, and empathy, AC Library strives to create inclusive spaces for all members.

For more information about Alameda County Library, visit

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