With gun violence now a reality in school corridors and classrooms, officials are faced with the significant, yet daunting, task of ensuring that students, faculty and staff are secure in what traditionally has been considered a safe environment.
When searching for a new access control provider, Townsend cited the security of students and protection of facilities as two of the biggest challenges the new system needed to manage.
People who studied education most likely have no formal training in the security field, yet now they are expected to make expert decisions about campus security.
Campus lockdown procedures, much like other emergency response and disaster preparedness measures, are critical to the safe and secure operation of a school campus.
Maryland schools are adding security vestibules to better manage visitors.
Michigan State University and Notre Dame are fierce competitors, but off the field, they are among university police departments nationwide who join forces by employing specially trained Vapor Wake K-9s with one goal: keeping campuses safe.
Since the fatal Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., some school districts in the Fox Valley region of Illinois are increasing security at their campuses. According to officials, some of the security upgrades were already in motion, but the Parkland shooting has heightened the focus on student safety.
The Rock Hill School District in South Carolina was looking to upgrade its video surveillance system while aligning with its efforts to save energy.
Security professionals are faced with several challenges in today’s highly technical environment on campuses.
The request comes after the escape of a psychiatric patient from the facility in November.