Risk Reporter for Educational Facilities
Spring 2016 Vol. 4, Issue 1
Protection (security teams)
Ramp up protection with security teams
It’s hard to miss reports of crime in the news these days. No one is immune to violence, schools included.
Creating a security team at your school, however, can go a long way toward ensuring the safety of your teachers, students and employees.
Here are tips for creating your security team, putting a plan of action in place and setting standards for its operations.
- A professional security team is highly recommended for schools.
- Identify potential crisis events.
- Establish a written security and violence response plan for your school.
- Train and use your teachers and administrators as a first line of defense to detect potential threats involving suspicious people, packages and vehicles.
- Establish procedures for patrolling exterior and interior areas before, during and after school hours, as well as over the weekend.
- Conduct a security sweep of the entire school building before locking all doors and windows for the day.
- Ask local community groups or Neighborhood Watch programs to keep an eye on the property and report unusual activities to law enforcement.
- Conduct periodic safety surveys of all school buildings and grounds and keep written records of conditions and corrective actions.
- Call police if a suspicious person is on school property and let the police investigate the situation.
- Establish a position on onsite armed protection.
“‘It can’t happen here’ is the biggest and most dangerous myth, as it lulls people into a false sense of security. Disaster takes unexpected forms and strikes when it wants to, not when we are ready for it. That’s why preparedness is so important. Don’t think for a minute it can’t happen to your school.”
— Kevin Jennings
Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education,
Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools