Schools Learn a Tough Lesson: It Can Happen Here
Although our schools should be safe havens for teaching and learning, recent headlines remind us that all too often, schools can be the setting for a variety of safety and security issues. From weather emergencies and lockdown situations to bullying and violent assaults, educational institutions face a myriad of unique security threats. And as school officials across the country well know, high-profile incidents can happen anytime, anywhere.
Despite improvements in emergency preparedness and investments in technology, we know that many educational institutions still face a number of challenges when it comes to protecting students, faculty, and staff:
• Budgets and resources are stretched thin.
• The need to enhance security and safety in innovative and cost-effective ways may be perceived to conflict with maintaining an open environment
• Bureaucracy, tradition and/or loyalty to an existing service provider may result in slow decision making
• Advancements in technology and complex and mandated training requirements are driving the need for fully converged risk management programs that protect students, faculty, and your institution’s reputation.
As your education security services provider, Securitas Security Services USA will work with you to overcome these challenges by designing and implementing a campus security solution that addresses your specific objectives. Finally, though our advanced campus training programs, we’ll support your protocols as they relate to the Clery Act and the Higher Education Act of 2008. After all, creating a safe environment is one of the most important things you can do to foster parental peace of mind and drive continued enrollment.
“Parents spend a lot of money to send their kids to college, and they want to know that they’ll be safe,” says Henry Griffin, deputy director of the Office of Public Safety at Grand Canyon University.
Quite simply, the campus of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies is stunning. Founded in 1960, the institute was the brainchild of Jonas Salk, who –after developing the polio vaccine – envisioned a research center where biologists could collaboratively study the compelling issues facing the human condition. Salk’s architectural requirements were equally far reaching.
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