Safety Policy and Procedure Review
This review determines the existence, viability, and liabilities of school and/or district policies related to school safety and security. Potential deficiencies are identified with recommendations for improvement and compliance. Areas to be examined include policies on:
- Misuse of school technology
- Crime reporting
- Electronic communications
- Gang affiliation, identifiers, and behaviors
- Media relations
- Compliance with medical issues reporting
- Sexual offense and allegation reporting and investigation
- Use of force guidelines for staff
- Student threat inquiries and assessments
Crisis Plan Assessment
In a crisis plan assessment, virtually every element of the organization’s plans for crisis prevention and response are critically examined. Potential deficiencies are identified with recommendations for improvement and compliance. Determinations are made about the presence or absence of critical elements, the scope and limitations of the plan itself, inadequacies and constraints of the plan that incur liability, the frequency and quality of training, the accessibility and usability of the plan, and the frequency and quality of updates.
Personnel and Internal Security Audit
This audit examines the level of security present within the personnel and procedures of the organization. Potential deficiencies are identified with recommendations for improvement and compliance. Areas that are audited include:
Compliance with state and federal requirements
implementation of practices to keep information confidential and secure
Policies and procedures for background and resume checks in hiring
Protocols for notifications of criminal arrests
Security Staffing and Operations Review
Consultants examine the organization, training, liabilities and protocols of the security staff and their operating procedures.
School Climate and Culture Assessments
The climate and culture of a school are one of the most significant elements used in preventing violence, bullying, and other triggers for crisis events. In this review, consultants use surveys, observations, interviews, and formalized assessments as qualitative and quantitative data to analyze the components of the school’s climate. Potential deficiencies are identified with recommendations for improvement and compliance.
Crime and Discipline Data Analysis
Using both existing and new crime and discipline data, a detailed analysis of the type, frequency, severity, and duration of potential crisis incidents can be established. Areas of concern are identified with recommendations for improvement and compliance.
Strategic Supervision Plan Development
Implementing an effective plan of strategic supervision throughout a school is a low-cost, high-results strategy to improve school climate and mitigate safety risks. Consultants analyze needs and formulate a plan for effective supervision in targeted areas.
Site and Facilities Inspection
The inspection includes a complete hands-on walk through of the facilities to examine:
- Perimeter security
- Security hardware
- Areas for target hardening
- Identification of hazards on the property and in the neighborhood
- Access control
- Visitor control
- Communication systems
- ID systems
- Alarm systems
- Inventory control
After the inspection, areas of concern are identified and recommendations developed to assist the school and/or district in threat mitigation.
Student threat assessment and inquiry Implementation
Consultants analyze existing threat assessment procedures to determine their effectiveness, practicality, and liability limitations. Assistance is given in developing new procotols, policies, and procedures for identifying and appropriately acting upon potential perpretrators and/or victims of violence.
Consultants test the existing daily safety practices by attempting targeted infiltrations of schools and/or areas. Areas of concern are identified with recommendations for improvement and compliance.