U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced that more than $83 million in Department of Justice grants is available to help communities improve school security and protect students, teachers and faculty from school violence.
Mike Matranga at Texas City ISD is on a mission to become the safest school system in the nation, by arming guards, using facial recognition, bullet-resistant glass, tracking students with chip technology and employing mental health experts.
Twenty-three years ago, when I worked with the Federal Protective Service policing federal facilities where security contract oversight was key, the General Services Administration and U.S. Justice Department designed systems that complimented each other to provide concentric layers of protection against unlawful entry and other threats.
The Mass Shooting Tracker reported that in 2019 there were 374 mass shootings in the U.S. Given this reality, it is essential to take all possible steps to protect your employees and visitors from harm. It should be a core requirement of every organization’s security plan to give serious consideration to how they will thwart an active shooter. Putting a security plan in place to guard against on-site violence begins at the perimeter, and security entrances are a strong first line of defense against the threat of an active shooter.
For the last two decades, the Security Letter has been a benchmark document that puts the security guard industry into perspective. Each year Robert McCrie compiles data from the top security guard firms and produces what is called “the list” detailing the top 20-25 firms in the country. This year, Robert McCrie, Keith Oringer of Security ProAdvisors and Jeff DiDomenico of Trackforce Valiant made the list come to life – a great way for all of us in the business to see what’s new and different from last year to this year.
Corporations, universities and other institutions have faced the question of whether to outsource or not to outsource for decades when it comes to physical security and more recently on the cybersecurity side. What is the correct answer to this question?
ON DEMAND: No environment is completely safe. While shootings in schools, nightclubs, churches and concerts capture many new headlines, more than 80 percent of active shooter incidents occur in the workplace, according to FBI data.
This month in Security magazine: meet the global security team at Boston Scientific - five female professionals with diverse background and skills who are creating a best-in-class enterprise security team while ensuring the safety and security of employees, customers and patients. Also this month, we highlight Kristin Lenardson and her successful career in protective services. Security experts discuss whistleblowing, the CCPA and more.