Many Michigan districts are re-evaluating and upgrading their security measures to increase campus safety and security in light of increased incidents of gun violence in the U.S.
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Since 2013, there have been more than 300 education-campus related gunfire incidents in the U.S.—an average of about one per week. With an increase in hostile events, gunfire incidents and other security breaches have prompted parents and administrators to examine and improve campus security.
Keeping K-12 schools safe is a challenging business. School administrators and security personnel face the task of weighing real and perceived threats, and finding effective and cost-efficient ways to address them while maintaining a non-threatening environment.
Safety and security must be front of mind for university and college administrators. Protecting the wellbeing of students, staff, faculty, and guests is not only simply the right thing to do, but it also reduces risk and exposure for the institution itself.
The use of cloud technologies for campus access control has enabled university students, faculty and staff to employ their mobile devices for valuable new experiences that range from entering dorm rooms to making cafeteria purchases with a simple tap or twist of their phones.
According to Associate Superintendent Shelia Burton, Dayton Public Schools will increase the number of cameras on all 27 campuses while upgrading to newer video surveillance tech with clearer images.
During the university’s winter break, Dec. 7 – Jan. 6, the University of Oregon Police Department will add checks of registered vacant residences to their daily routine patrols.
"They have enough mass to cause injury, small enough to be thrown, (are) portable and they're not considered a weapon," Oakland University Police Chief Mark Gordon told CNN.
Students at William Penn Senior High spent time this week learning to manage bleeding wounds.
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Officer Jason Trimborn said his job as a school resource officer is to “give them the sense of safety, stability, security that comes with having an officer there to be the first line of defense to anything bad that can happen at the school.”
Clarkstown Central School District Superintendent Marty Cox said the district purchased about 360 Motorola walkie-talkie radios for use across the district’s 13 schools.
The seven employees authorized to carry on campus were trained by the Arkansas State Police. Those who are teachers lock their guns in a safe while they’re in the classroom.
Burlington County has $20 million in grants available for security improvements to all 21 public high schools in the county.
Schools in Michigan to increase school security with nearly $350,000 in Michigan State Police grant funds
Cpl. Michael Hopper said there are "a lot of resources" available through the app. "It's sort of like a one-stop shop for anything you may need to know about the Police Department."
According to ISU Department of Public Safety head Michael R. Newton, the campus has responded by increasing opportunities for safety-related training and education, as well as expanding the hours that “safe rides” – free rides from public safety escorts – are offered.
“I believe the exterior cameras would allow the administration to see anybody entering and exiting any door on the exterior of the buildings,” Superintendent Mike Fournier said.
Delano Union School district enhances school security with system that scans visitors and acts as a mass notification device.
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Medical research institute in Texas implements leading-edge technologies for fail-proof security solutions.
"All the cameras that we're installing will feed back to the UNM Police Department," UNMPD Security Director Randy Irwin said. These cameras are being installed in busy parts of the campus and around the campus perimeter.
A proposal presented to a legislative committee seeks more than $195 million for Utah school security measures
According to Vasquez, the University of California Police Department can request access to cameras operated by other campus entities, but this slows down active incident response times. Allowing UCPD to immediately and freely access video surveillance will provide responding officers with immediate information during an emergency situation.