Ohio State Attack Prompts Colleges to Review Emergency-Response Plans

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MELISSA KORN,
KRIS MAHER and
DOUGLAS BELKIN

document-reviewingColleges nationwide are revisiting their emergency-response plans in the wake of the attack on the Ohio State University campus Monday that left 11 injured and the attacker dead.

Many universities, including Ohio State’s Columbus campus, are located in urban areas that can’t be completely cordoned off from vehicular traffic or unauthorized people. And while access to residence halls is often restricted to students, authorities remain concerned about what happens if a student is the assailant.

The attacker at the Ohio State campus, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, was a logistics-management student at the business school and officials say he may have been inspired by the Islamic State terror group.

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Clown Hysteria Disrupts Schools, Occupies Police

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We tried hard to ignore the clown hysteria that’s gotten so much attention in the last week. It’s not typically in Campus Safety’s nature to report on something just because it’s been covered by so many other media outlets.

But the clown controversy is, unfortunately affecting public safety and police departments across the country and not all of the stories are a hoax.

In fact, many schools at all grade levels have begun warning students about bringing clown masks on campus as school officials everywhere struggle to decide on an appropriate response to such a ridiculous situation.

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20 Active Shooter and Active Killer Prevention Strategies

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Although there are no prevention strategies for active killer-types of attacks that have been proven to work 100 percent of the time, there are prevention approaches that are worth the effort they require. A number of these have been used to successfully avert mass casualty attacks, and some of these have been effective in preventing multiple attacks.

In every planned attack that I have worked to date, the media reporting the actual facts of the cases is likely to be inaccurate in many regards. Only the full case file will give us a reliable picture of what happened and what if any real opportunities there might have been to prevent these attacks. However, these types of case reviews often reveal at least some potential for interrupting large-scale attacks (see Active Killer Trends sidebar below).

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Newtown Opening Innovative Elementary School After Mass Shooting

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NewtownNewtown, Connecticut will welcome the public into its new Sandy Hook Elementary School four years after a mass shooting in the town shook the country.

The building layout bears no resemblance to the old school where the tragedy took place, which was torn down in 2013. A lawsuit filed by two of the victims’ families argues security at the old Sandy Hook was inadequate, particularly in classrooms.

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Campus Safety Announces Director of the Year Winners

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AwardCampus Safety magazine (CS) is pleased to announce that Stan Skipworth, Claremont University Consortium’s director of campus safety; Lisa Terry, University of North Carolina Health Care’s director of hospital police and transportation; and Kevin Wren, Rock Hill (S.C.) Schools’ director of campus security systems have been names this year’s Directors of the Year.

Some of the accomplishments that lead to Skipworth winning the top spot in the higher education sector included his legislative activities with the California College and University Police Chiefs Association, as well as his launching of a student assistant program. Read More

Emergency Connect Video

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Emergency Connect is an excellent, economical way to mitigate threats and enhance campus safety

Terrorism Threats: When Should Your School Cancel Classes?

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classroomAs the nation’s schools devise plans for responding effectively to critical incidents on campus, the spotlight is now on how school districts are managing crises, emergencies, disasters, terrorism threats and active shooters. In many cases, these districts are looking to the schools that have “been there” for examples of what to do (or, what not to do) when these and other incidents occur.

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4 Ways to Improve School Visitor Management

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VisitorIt’s not just seventh-grade math that is complex. Equally head-scratching for parents, teachers and school administrators is how to ensure that visitors to K-12 educational institutions have a right to be there and are properly identified and recorded.

There are a host of reasons why a school would want to screen people before they can enter the building, ranging from fear of violence to unresolved custody disputes, to the need to keep track of everyone in the building in case of an emergency.

School-related shootings by outsiders have made the headlines in recent years and have raised awareness among school administrators about the need for vigilance.

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Study Shows More Than 9 in 10 Campuses Have Security Cameras

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surveillance-camerasIf you had any doubt that hospitals, schools and universities have embraced video surveillance in a big way, the results from the 2016 Campus Safety Video Surveillance Survey should put those questions to rest. Of the more than 900 K-12, higher ed and healthcare protection pros surveyed, more than nine out of 10 say their campuses have installed some type of video surveillance equipment. Of those, 79 percent plan on buying more camera systems in the next three years.

And for the 9 percent of survey respondents who say their campuses don’t have security cameras installed, more than half plan on purchasing video surveillance technology in the next three years. The reason for this incredible rate of adoption might be due to the many successes campuses have experienced with their systems (see Security Cameras Get Glowing Reviews from Campus Users). Additionally, respondents now appear to be much more satisfied with the quality and coverage of their surveillance equipment than ever before.

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Low-Cost Ways to Improve Your Campus Security

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College campusMost security professionals could give a list of initiatives they’d undertake to improve their institution’s security infrastructure in an ideal world. The problem is that some security upgrades are more attainable than others.

Everyone’s operating under budgetary restrictions, meaning security solutions that come at little to no cost are especially valuable to security professionals.

We’ve written about the costs of crime and the return on investment you can get with some security upgrades, but the easiest way to convince an executive that an upgrade is worth it is to pitch a project that requires little to no monetary investment.

There are no doubt some campus or department police chiefs that have all the resources they need at their disposal, but that’s not the reality most of our readers are operating in.

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