Improving on our security protocols in schools & businesses
That is the main and most basic question facing parents, some administrators & teachers, as well as managers & owners. And yet it seems all we do is react to an incident or threat instead of doing something to prevent an incident, whatever it may be.
So what kind of protocols do we need in our schools and businesses to adequately ensure the security and safety of our employees, friends, & kids? Here are a few ideas for implementation;
• Attitudes & mindset’s
This is one of the most basic we can do and yet most of the time it’s ignored. We need to get administration and managers/owners to recognize the issues of security and propose changes that will help the safety & security of the campus, school or corporate.
Another aspect of this is adding layers of administration and managers when they don’t need to be. One thing I railed against when forms were changed or added or deleted back in the working world was simple. ‘Somebody sitting in a windowless little office, in the middle of the floor, with nothing better to do than create silly assed lil forms!’ This is corporate mindset and an attitude it’s better to have a manager than confront the problem
Or worse yet is ‘Let’s study the problem and appoint a committee or task force or thinking group. Never mind the fact that it’s only managers and no one with real world experience or at the front line level is involved. They aren’t smart enough is the signal it sends.
• Physical Security
We need to increase the security in our schools and businesses. It’s as simple as that. ‘We don’t have the money to do that!’ they whine. What’s more important than the kids? Generally, it’s the administrators or managers getting a pay raise. Just look at your own school districts.
You’ll probably notice that the superintendent, department managers, & other administrative personnel get a pay raise. Yet when it comes to the kids they are left in the proverbial cold. The same goes for businesses. The employees will get 2% yet managers get 5%. Why?
That money could be best to go for security systems and other equipment. Security doesn’t have to so invasive that either kids or adults have to think they are in George Orwell’s ‘1984’! But it can so simple to implement and hide that no one will know it’s there until they’re caught.
You don’t have to have security officers at every door. Nor do you have to ID cards on every student or cameras whirring about scanning every inch of the campus, school and business. Are these things valuable? Of course they are, but they don’t have to be intrusive.
In the blogs I’ve written, I’ve given plenty of low cost non-intrusive ideas for security in our schools & businesses. And none of them will be overly intrusive, albeit they will inconvenience some students and employees.
• Stand firm
One of the main issues with improving our protocols is that administration and management listen more to the complaining rather than common sense. When an incident occurs, security comes down tighter than a drum. But after a couple of months it relaxes.
Then it relaxes some more. And then more. Finally you’re left with the same security that helped to lead to the same incident.
School administration and management need to be less wishy-washy in their thinking and help to protect our kids and employees and think about the long term ramifications of changing these newly fallen policies & procedures. If they think of the long term, as in costs and profits, our kids and employees will be more secure and safe than they are now.
Look for another blog on this subject soon.
Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on workplace violence prevention and other security issues. With numerous interviews, a twice weekly blog, articles, and 2 books he has proven himself in the security field for more than 31 years, and 23 studying workplace violence issues.
He utilizes his years of field knowledge to give real life examples of incidents pulled from both his own experiences and the news headlines. Contact him at 480-251-5197 or through his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/oneistoomany. Here you will see and read about other items related to security as well as WPV.