Campus Safety Article

Parents So Concerned about School Safety They Are Willing to Pay for It Themselves

Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISP News, Security Program Development, Workplace Violence

Campus Safety ArticleCampus Safety recently published an article entitled Parents So Concerned about School Safety They Are Willing to Pay for It Themselves. You can read the entire article here.

The sanctity, security and safety of students, faculty, staff and infrastructure on all campuses should be a foregone conclusion. Unfortunately, it is not.

Time and time again we have been horrified by active shooter events targeting students and faculty in education settings. As a community, we should all be outraged on many levels. First for the victims and their families. Second for the students, employees and their families who may not have physical wounds but are forever damaged by the event and the loss of trust. We should also be outraged for the shooters and their families who could not find or did not get the appropriate level of help for mental health issues.

In the case of active shooter events, everybody loses. It is easy to react to these events and try to buy a sense of security by spending money on technology without looking at the whole picture. People cause security events. They are deliberate actions, and the appropriate response is an integrated response that includes people, processes, and technology working together to support the culture of the organization while providing guardianship over critical assets.

As a parent and as a security professional, I wish that someone had a crystal ball that could make it easier to keep the incomprehensible acts of violence from happening. Alas there is no such tool. What we can do is work together as a community to develop layers of security.

The entire community has a role in the security of our schools. Training and awareness is a critical component of an integrated security program. This should include parents, faculty and staff, students. It begins with “see something say something”.

Access must be controlled and reinforced with signage, policies, and procedures. It’s critical to develop a culture that understands their role in identifying outsiders and responding appropriately as an adult (policies and procedures) or as a child (see something, tell an adult).

A Safety and Security Committee made up of cross-functional team members tasked with sharing information, identifying threats, and supporting a collaborative appropriate response to all safety, security, and emergency issues is a key component of protecting our schools and businesses.

Last but not least, there are a host of technology tools, security personnel options, and ways to deter, detain, or buy time during an event that can be implemented.

The point is, money doesn’t by security solutions; integrated security does.

Remember, “Under pressure – we do not rise to the occasion – we fall back on our training/skills – whether good or bad.”

At Protus3 we have been partnering with clients to develop the appropriate security controls and integrated security programs for over 30 years. We can help.