Campus security, sanctity and safety of students, faculty, staff and infrastructure should be a foregone conclusion. Unfortunately, it is not. Campus 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.
Active Shooter Events
Time and 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 and threatened campus security.
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. The appropriate response is an integrated response including people, processes, and technology working together. This supports the culture of the organization while providing guardianship over critical assets.
What We Can Do
As a parent and a security professional, I wish someone had a crystal ball to make it easier to keep the incomprehensible acts of violence from happening. Alas, no such tool exists. We must work together as a community to develop layers of campus security and safety.
The entire community takes a role in the security of our schools. Training and awareness are critical components of an integrated security program. This includes 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 adults, we need to be focused on policies and procedures. We must teach our children to tell an adult when they see something.
A Safety and Security Committee of cross-functional team members is imperative to protecting our schools and businesses. Sharing information, identifying threats, and supporting a collaborative appropriate response to all safety, security, and emergency issues is key.
Last but not least, a host of technology tools, campus security personnel options, and ways to deter, detain, or buy time during an event can be implemented.
The point is, money doesn’t buy 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.