It seems that every day there’s a new story about a security lapse, emergency lockdown, or violent act taking place at a school somewhere in the United States. Today it’s simply inexcusable not to have adequate security measures in place—regardless of how safe you think your community may be. In School Security: How to Build and Strengthen a School Safety Program, Second EditionPaul Timm, board-certified Physical Security Professional, nationally acclaimed expert in school security, and recipient of Security magazine's 2020 Most Influential People in Security, explains how to make your institution a safer place to learn with easy-to-follow steps.

The newest edition emphasizes a proactive rather than reactive approach to school security. Readers are introduced to basic loss prevention and safety concepts, including how to communicate safety information to students and staff, how to raise security awareness, and how to prepare for emergencies. The book discusses how to positively influence student behavior, lead staff training programs, and write sound security policies. This book isn't just for security professionals and will help educators and school administrators without formal security training effectively address school risk.

As school safety challenges continue to evolve with new daily stories surrounding security lapses, lockdowns, or violent acts taking place, this thoroughly revised edition will help explain how to make educational institutions a safer place to learn.

School Security: How to Build and Strengthen a School Safety Program, Second Edition presents a proactive approach to keeping schools safe. Readers learn how to foster a culture of security awareness, implement practical strategies, and effectively prepare for emergencies," Timm says. "The book addresses model security policies, bullying prevention practices, social media risks, impactful staff development, and the application of CPTED principles. The book is particularly helpful for district & school administrators, security directors, safety & emergency managers, and other K-12 leaders. This fully revised edition also introduces readers to the most current security and emergency preparedness resources.”

Key features of the second edition:

  • Includes new tabletop exercises for managing emergencies
  • Contains coverage of the new risks commonly facing schools today, from access control to social media
  • Presents updated School Security Resources
  • Serves as a comprehensive guide for building an effective security program at little or no cost
  • Covers fundamental CPTED concepts
  • Addresses bullying, teen suicide, harassment, and dating violence
  • Takes a holistic approach to school security rather than focusing on a particular threat or event

The book is particularly helpful for school safety and security professionals, administrators, and graduate students, and those at K-12 schools, universities, and day care centers responsible for policy implementation or protective services in the school setting. 

Timm serves on the Campus Safety Conferences Advisory Board, the Advisory Council for the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools, the ASIS International School Safety and Security Council, and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials Risk Management Committee. 

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