Security in schools has always been a top priority, but recently it has moved to a necessity. The increasing rate of aggression and violence in schools alarms the wider community. Most shocking cases are escalating brutal violence and murder in the school attack. Providing students a healthy, secure, safe and inviting learning environment where they are protected from physical and emotional harm is central to the mission of all schools. Safe schools are not just places with advanced security procedures. They are also places that help students develop assets that allow them to succeed even in difficult circumstances. The following protective measures should be considered in every school security program:
Non-Violence Intervention: have systems in place to deal with students, parents or teachers who act out aggressively. Acts of violence, sexual harassment, statutory rape, drugs, weapons, gangs, bombs, shootings, murders, computer hacking, theft and irate disgruntled parents all require crisis response.
Security systems: Security cameras, metal detectors, pass keys, access controls, and radios have their advantages. Utilizing these devices effectively means strategically placing them in areas of concern and having diligent staff monitoring and operating these devices to their fullest capacity.
Parents Responsibilities: Parents need to be involved with the security function at school. They must be aware of what measures has the school taken to ensure their children safety.
Security Officers: School Resource Officers are trained professionals who enforce rules of law, they also educate and council students and teachers, and monitor premise security and installed technologies. Security Officers require the support of school officials.
Self Defense: Understanding basic personal safety philosophy, basic self-defense techniques and how to disarm an assailant are fundamental lifesaving strategies in today’s volatile society.
Physical Security: It is fundamental to normal growth and development. Teachers cannot teach and students cannot learn in a hostile environment. A pro-active approach to security is the only way to ensure a safe and secure environment. Reactive responses to security not only are ineffective; the damage has already been done.