School Security

Mission Improbable

Dealing with the mentally ill, responding to student bullying at a school or looking for terrorists at the airport – are we asking our police to do too much?  Is the wide range of tasks making for a mission that is improbable? In Seattle, the six-block CHOP neighborhood (Capitol Hill Organized Protest) was off limits…

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Sixteen Years of Predictive Profiling

Back in 2002, I was driving with a colleague to see a client in Palmdale, California, a couple hours’ drive outside of Los Angeles.  This was only a few months after 9/11 when the country and the world were looking for an understanding of and solutions to the specter of terrorism.  We were talking about…

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Security Attitudes in Israel

In Israel, security policy and procedures are well integrated into the fabric of its society.  This manifests in a couple ways: There is a full acceptance of the fact of threat.  This little country has been involved in cyclical wars for decades and its inhabitants are fully aware that it is a high value target…

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Simple – not Simplistic – Emergency Response Procedures

Simplistic ideas and procedures by their nature do not withstand reality tests.  This is the case for many emergency lock-down procedures where unfortunately the essence of the SOP is to pacify its intended audience and not necessarily to save their lives.  In a situation of imminent threat, one’s instinctive response is often the correct response. …

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The Spirit of the Law

How can security personnel know what to do when doing the right thing contradicts the rules?  After all, life is often complicated and things are rarely black and white. Here are two examples.  One of our school security clients was conducting a lock down drill.    Lock down procedures at that campus state that no…

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Security and Freedom

“I don’t want security on our campus! I don’t want the students to feel like they are living in some sort of prison; the campus should be free and have a culture of openness.” As security consultants, we hear a version of this line time and again. Many people believe that security is synonymous with…

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Swing for the Fence

Private schools today are sometimes concerned about losing an Open school environment or culture. This topic usually comes up when we discuss perimeter fencing or access control. They worry that the presence of security will make their campus feel fortified and closed-off thereby losing its free-flowing and previously welcoming nature. But is this really true?…

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Teenage Isolation at School

This week’s guest blogger is Shikma Geffon,  a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in parenting and in  the treatment of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic syndrome in children and teenagers. She has worked as a public school counselor, with mental health agencies and is currently is in private practice.     The Problem with…

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Enabling Bullies?

Regarding abuse via social media, is it the tool or the intent that poses the larger problem?   The question is being asked because of new social media apps that offer users anonymity. One such app new to the market is “blindspot.” Its sales pitch is: Don’t you ever wish you could say what’s on…

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Krav Maga

More than a martial art, Krav Maga is a reality-based fighting technique whose purpose is to survive and win a violent confrontation. The crux of it is to take rapid control of a situation, with full, brutal aggression and maximum efficiency. The enemy’s hard to shield soft points: eyes, nose, groin, knees, feet are immediate…

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