Fostering a Secure and Safe Environment


Effective security programs foster a broad sense of responsibility and awareness among faculty, staff, and students or members of the congregation.

Security-conscious people regard safety and security as their personal responsibility. They are alert to lapses in security and take steps to correct them. They are observant, make reasonable evaluations of the potential for harm, and when needed, warn others and get help.

It is important for the people who are being protected to understand that security also depends on them and that technological solutions are only effective when people support them.

To be successful, the attitude of shared responsibility needs to extend beyond the walls of your facility and involve the whole community. This includes households, neighbors, social service organizations, local business, responders, community leaders, and others.

Because security begins and ends with the people, effective security programs must build partnerships and promote awareness.

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School Safety Partners is dedicated to creating long-term funding partnerships to support school safety best practices. We are both a community of interest and a facilitator of joint research projects, reaching out to the general public as well as stakeholders in the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors. Our purpose is to create a space for stakeholders where true partnering can occur in order to make school safety sustainable beyond Federal funding. Since our start in January, 2008, our projects have addressed the legislative, training, compliance, funding, and public awareness sides of school safety.

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