Today we are seeing more of these ruthless crimes committed than ever before. Our schools should be a place where children, staff, and parents always feel safe. We are seeing threats from the inside of schools with students committing gun violence, as well as outsiders intruding the school space. When these crimes occur, we are always faced with the same question..." what can we do to prevent the senseless crimes?" In todays post we will cover some of the recommendations of Emanuel Fields the Chief of Operations at Spectrum Florida Security, a licensed and insured security agency that serves Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach areas. Emanuel Fields Specializes in tactical training, de-escalation, and close quarter protection. Emanuel also heads the Spectrum Florida Security training center located in Miami, Florida.
Hire more professional armed security staff
There is a general rule of thumb, that for every 100 individuals attending an event there should be 1 security professional. For example in a school of 400 children there should be 4 armed security professional to maintain the safety of the inside of the Facility as well as the outside of the facility. Generally this could cost a school around $42,800 yearly per full time armed security professional. This number is rather low, given the sense of security that it can bring a community. Board members should be able to fit this number comfortably into their yearly budget.
Train security staff & school personnel on how to handle these situation should they occur
Spectrum Florida Security offers training, not only to security staff members, but also to school personnel as well. Our professionals are able to conduct a site assessment of the school facility in order to develop a rigorous plan to prevent these senseless crimes, as well as prepare security professional to collaborate with school staff on how to react to these situations should they occur. "In times of chaos, retreat to structure and order".
Ensure there is always security professional on campus or off monitoring cameras at all times.
Technology has developed dramatically in the past decade. Cameras can now be viewed on site or remotely. Here at Spectrum Florida Security we off remote camera monitoring services to the schools that we serve. Our monitors only job is to monitor cameras and report and suspicious to law enforcement and security personnel. Spectrum Florida Security reports any illegal or suspicious activity to law enforcement and security staff in a matter of seconds. Having a professional that strictly focuses on cameras can prevent crimes from entering our schools safe zones. Spectrum Florida's Armed Security Guards are trained to identify a threat and deescalate the situation immediately to prevent the threat from proceeding.
Schools can offer incentive for reporting possible crimes or abnormal human behavior on social media platforms.
Media platforms can reduce the amount of publicity given to these ruthless criminals.
Increase social emotional learning opportunities for school staff and students
Last but not least, and possibly the most important of them all DO THE BEST YOU CAN!