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Secure Schools Alliance Research & Education Launches First-of-Its-Kind Interactive Map of School Security Policies, Resources

WILMINGTON, DE (March 23, 2017) – The Secure Schools Alliance Research and Education (the Alliance) organization has launched a first-of-its-kind tool: An interactive map of state security policies and resources for K-12 public schools.

The Alliance partnered with the Police Foundation and Dr. Erroll Southers of TAL Global to develop the online tool, which is intended to offer decision makers a place to easily review school safety and security best practices.

“This is the first time anyone has released a comprehensive state-by-state list of current programs, resources and statutes related to K-12 public school security,” said Alliance Executive Director Robert Boyd. “We have made this information available in one place, allowing schools, superintendents, parents, elected officials and others to access a holistic profile of what safety standards are in place to protect our kids and where gaps may be.”

The tool is based on a review of open-source information including legislation codified by Jan. 13, 2017. By selecting a state on the map, users can access a breakdown of “promising practices,” including state policies and resources related to school safety and security requirements in the following areas:

  • Security and assessment;
  • Creation and identification of roles and responsibilities for state school safety centers and related committees;
  • School administrators and faculty;
  • Allocation of funds for improving school safety and security; and
  • All-hazards emergency planning and preparedness.

“The research conducted for this project shows that some states are doing more than others to protect school facilities, which are soft targets for terrorists and others seeking to harm our nation,” said Southers, who is a renowned expert on protecting critical infrastructure and homegrown terrorism.  “It’s my hope that this tool will help policy makers compare best practices among states and use them to improve school security everywhere.”

This map is the first of five tools and data sets expected to be released by the Alliance in 2017. Future releases will include a list of free, publicly available education facility safety and security assessments as well as three briefs prepared by the Police Foundation: “Starting the Conversation About School Safety,” “Partner Roles and Responsibilities for Securing Schools” and “Secure Schools: Part of Healthy Learning Environment.”

“This is an important resource and we are pleased to have supported the work,” said Chief (ret.) Jim Bueermann, President of the Police Foundation. “Secure school facilities are critical to healthy communities.”

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About the Secure Schools Alliance

The Secure Schools Alliance and Secure Schools Research and Education are taking a leadership role in launching a national conversation about the issue of school safety and advocating a course of action for addressing it. This convening of education, industry, public safety, law enforcement, corporate and community leaders will work together to ensure the security of our nation’s schools through federal and state policy, legislation, research, pilot programs and the promotion of best practices. The goal is to improve the security infrastructure, security technology and life safety systems of all public K-12 schools.

About the Police Foundation

The Police Foundation is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization that, consistent with its commitment to improve policing, has been on the cutting edge of police innovation for over 40 years. The Police Foundation’s work is informed by available evidence and aims to increase public safety and strengthen communities. The professional staff at the Police Foundation works closely with Law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, victim advocates, and community based organizations in order to develop research, comprehensive reports, policy briefs, model policies, and innovative programs that will continue to support the work of law enforcement personnel as it relates to increasing strong community-police partnerships.

About TAL Global

TAL Global is an international security consulting and risk management firm that provides a comprehensive array of Executive protection, investigations, workplace violence handling, aviation security, disaster mitigation planning and risk management services. Our extensive international network of professionals enables us to deliver the highest level of security and loss prevention services – at home and around the globe.

Contact:
Robert Boyd
rboyd@secureschoolsalliance.org
302 387 2945


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