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Future Ideas of Security for Schools

Every school or learning institution can have a formal plan of action. The problem with plans are they always go down the drain. I learned this in the Military. The training we received was so dry and boring sometimes looking back. Most importantly drilling and repetition is the perfect plan.It is human nature to freeze up in desperate times, but with so much practice it becomes second nature. We need the teachers and staff during time off and the school year to get trained by law enforcement and former military and keep training to sustain any happenings in a classroom, or any environment in a school setting if a catastrophe were to happen. Yes, I think it would be a great idea to have a small security team by that I mean either law enforcement officers, or private security contractors . The law enforcement agency's habitat is meant for the streets we live on not to be stuck in schools. An idea can be for security to beef up in schools by forming the proper plan without exposing 9mm pistols or anything to alarm the students. The cop or security guard that is patrolling the school should be in regular civilian attire and be apart of the school staff. The security staff of the school develops and enhances drills, times, escape plans, fire plans, or any type of emergency situation. I think in the future all of us will be hearing about "school security". If it is proposed the right way it can work to benefit our children and teenagers today.

Submitted by in Mar 2013

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  1. Although the risk assessment methodology can be applied to most building types, it is intended to assist with the design and management of facilities in eight designated sectors outlined in the DHS 2009 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (the NIPP): Banking and Finance, Commercial Facilities, Communications, Critical Manufacturing, Government Facilities, Healthcare and Public Health, Information Technology, Postal and Shipping. Public Schools are government facilities. The basis for design is established by identi¬fying the threat or hazard to which a building may be vulnerable. There are three different versions of the Building Design for Homeland Security, one for suburban buildings, one for urban buildings, and one for Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) sites. There are several principals that must be considered; 1) No law is effective unless it can be enforced, 2) Legal sanctions can’t be invoked until a violation occurs, 3) Prevention and mitigation activities, allowable within the scope of the law, should be in place prior to any breach of safety and security. To accomplish the objectives of safety and security; Perform a subjective risk assessment for a given building by identifying the assessment components and prioritizing the asset-threat/hazard pairs of interest by relative risk to focus resources on mitigation measures that reduce risk. Identify the available mitigation measures appropriate for in-place or new design and determine when to apply to a given situation. Perform a Tier 1 vulnerability assessment for a given building using the Building Vulnerability Assessment Checklist in FEMA 426 and adjust the subjective risk assessment based upon the identified vulnerabilities. Select applicable mitigation measures for a given building and prioritize them based upon the final assessment relative risk values and the associated estimated risk reduction provided by the mitigation measures. Develop simple, measurable, achievable, realistic, and task oriented (SMART) objectives. How prepared do we need to be? Prepared to the extent that no individual other than an employee, student, or teacher assigned to a school facility may enter that facility without prior authorization to avoid loss of life, injury, building damage loss of contents, and unauthorized access to records. How prepared are we? In general, public schools security, safety and prevention measures are either insufficient or non-existent. How do we prioritize efforts to close the difference? 1) Life Saving, 2) Incident Stabilization, and 3) Property preservation. The hypothesis is, if a perpetrator can enter a building without authority and launch an assault with firearms, that same or another perpetrator can use chemical, biological, radiological, or explosives in another incident. Justification for preventive mitigation: 1) Prevention of loss of life and injury, 2) Prevention of property damage and/or destruction. 3) Reduction and/or elimination of civil liability claims against the public entity. The suggested action: Solid doors requiring card-keys avoids an unauthorized individual breaking a glass window on a door to gain entrance.

    The reality: The urgency and necessity of another gun control law does not address the ‘CORE-ISSUE’ of unauthorized entrance or presence on public property and does not address another ‘CORE-ISSUE’ of other than a firearm can be used to exact similar results
    in Mar 2013
  2. Acknowledging variances in laws, regulations, and ordinances within the various jurisdictions, it is generally against the law to block exist doors, block or wedge fire-doors, disable smoke detectors and fire-alarms, and smoke on any public property, smoke in any public building, or for minors to smoke. According it is generally unlawful for those to either permit or aid-and-abet such activities. The problem in this regard is that of school staff to manage and supervise the student-body and report unlawful activity on campus to local law enforcement authorities. According this lack of management, supervision, and control even includes failure to take measures to prohibit unauthorized entrance and presence on public school properties and buildings. All violations on public school properties need to be reported to local law enforcement immediately. Accordingly, there needs to be a zero tollerance policy in effect and practiced at all times. All students, parents, school staff, and the public need to be informed that any legal violation on public school property will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
    in Mar 2013

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