Expanding Knowledge in a Real Time Setting
Attendees of Campus Security & Life Safety Summits are treated to vital information from industry experts
- By Sydny Shepard
- April 01, 2018
Campus security has always and will continue to be one
of the most important verticals in the security industry.
While many K-12, higher education, medical and worship
campuses have boosted their policies, protocols
and physical security as a result of tragic incidents on
campuses across the country, the fact of the matter is: campus security
is always evolving.
Just 20 years ago, security on campuses was completely different.
The idea of having video surveillance, access control and drills for anything
other than a tornado or fire seemed to be pushing the already
fine line that schools have to tow when protecting students. Administrators
need to have unique knowledge that enables them to ensure the
safety of their students while also giving them the free-flowing open
educational facility students want to learn in.
When educational campuses began to boost their physical security
following the shootings at Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech and Columbine,
a lot of parents complained that they didn't want their students to be
attending a school that seemed a lot more like a prison than a school
In order to keep up with the new technology, drills, compliance tips,
and security solutions that are tailor-made for a campus, you have to
be continuously learning the industry—which is hard to do when you
are working the long hours of an administrator, school resource officer,
superintendent or other campus professionals.
OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN
Campus Security & Life Safety is looking to give campus professionals
a dedicated time and place to expand their knowledge of the unique
security solutions that could be implemented on their campus while
providing them the ability to connect face-to-face with experts who
can help them to shape their protocols to keep students, faculty and
The event was designed to be easy to attend, affordable and educational.
The CSLS team worked to ensure as many campus safety professionals
could attend as possible, offering low-cost registration and
special group pricing. The registration price covers the attendees' entry
but also their meals for breakfast and lunch. The event was scheduled
to be the same amount of time as a regular school day so those who
wish to continue their security education at the Summits would not
have to do so on their own time.
The locations of the Summits were also carefully picked in central
locations with rich educational influences and only marketed to those
within a few hundred miles so that no administrator, educator or security
professional would have to travel more miles than they are comfortable
with. The location of the event also plays a part in deciding
which topics and speakers will be present at the event, as the CSLS
team hoped to tailor the material to what local attendees are most
In November of 2017, CSLS kicked off their first Campus Security & Life Safety Summit in Dallas, Texas. The event was extremely successful,
welcoming over 100 attendees to listen to campus security experts
like Dallas Independent School District Chief of Police Craig R. Miller,
and Joseph Perks, the executive director of security and security at
Plano Independent School District, speak on topics such as the state of
public education school safety on campuses, tips and tactics for event
security, emergency communication and incident response.
Attendees were given the chance to visit with campus security solutions
manufacturers, providers and integrators and talk one-on-one
with knowledgeable experts about their unique security challenges, as
well as inquire about potential solutions for their campus based on the
information they learned in the sessions from that day.
CSLS has grown the Summits by three events in 2018, the first located
in Austin, Texas. The keynote, breakout sessions and networking time
was specifically tailored for the attendees of the Austin Summit, touching
on topics such as compliance with The Clery Act, preparation for
an active shooter, gangs on campuses and more.
Attendees of the Austin Campus Security & Life Safety Summit will
receive vital information from guest speakers such as Roxanne King,
Clery Program Manager in University Compliance Services at The
University of Texas at Austin, Patrick V. Fiel, Sr., a campus security
consultant and founder of PVF Security Consulting, Joe Curiel, Chief
of Police at San Antonio Independent School District and Samuel F.
Martinez, Detective in the Intelligence Unit at San Antonio Independent
School District Police Department.
Keynote. Attendees will receive the unique opportunity to hear
first-hand stories from The University of Texas Police Department
Chief of Police David Carter as he speaks on the unique perspectives
of campus safety and security in a challenging political era. Chief Carter
will touch on the distinct challenges the past election cycle brought
to UT Austin and how he and his team stayed up-to-date on happenings
around campus, created timely and effective security solutions in
a fast paced environment and brought security to an open campus
while respecting the rights of students as citizens.
Gangs on School Campuses. Chief Curiel will introduce the discussion
on gangs in schools from the administrative and leadership perspective
of a campus police department. Detective Martinez will be
available to discuss his experiences working with gangs in an intercity
school environment and will share ideas that will help attendees have
a better understanding when dealing with gang members. The session
will touch on how to spot the signs of gang membership and help to
promote a safe school environment when dealing with these groups on
your campus. Chief Curiel and Detective Martinez are prepared to use
their own experiences with gangs to answer questions and teach
attendees how to be prepared when dealing with gang activity.
How to Reduce Security Incidents on Your Campus. Fiel will be asking perhaps one of the most important
questions of the day, “Are you prepared for an
active shooter on campus?” The current information
from this session will help campus
administrators prepare for a potential crisis
situation involving an active shooter. The
ideas presented will address steps schools can
take to mitigate the risk of an active shooter—
including what can be done to prevent such
an event as well as what steps can be taken
before, during and after an incident.
Fiel will also be hosting a breakout session
touching on recent incidents on campuses
and how they emphasize the need for adopting,
implementing and practicing emergency
preparedness plans. While it is impossible to
eliminate all the risks, this presentation will
help attendees identify measures that can be
put into place to help minimize tragic situations
from occurring and deal with the emergencies
when they do.
Lessons Learned From Penn State. King,
a Clery Act Program Manager, will be leading
a discussion on The Clery Act's role in
the Penn State investigation where she will
dive into the violations and penalties against
Penn State following the Sandusky trial.
More than 50 felony charges were filed,
which resulted in a conviction. King will
work through the most notable charges and
violations explaining the Clery Act’s role in
the investigation every step of the way. Lessons
learned by those at Penn State will help
inform compliance officers at other colleges
In addition to the vital information learned
through the keynote and breakout sessions at
the Austin Campus Security & Life Safety
Summit, attendees will also have a chance to
hear from security providers, manufactures
and integrators who can help them to find
solutions that work best for the unique security
challenges they might have identified in
the sessions throughout the Summit.
This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of Campus Security & Life Safety.