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NCJ Number: 229880 Find in a Library
Title: School Safety on a Shoestring Budget
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:37  Issue:1  Dated:January 2010  Pages:24,26,31
Author(s): Carole Moore
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 7
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses ways to improve campus and school security despite the budget shortfall experienced by many communities.
Abstract: Citing the Columbine school shootings, the deadly rampage at Virginia Tech, and the killing of five young girls in an Amish school in Pennsylvania the article notes that measures that are more effective need to be used to prevent violent incidences from occurring in schools. Given the current economic difficulties faced by police departments and schools, more cost-effective efforts need to be employed to improve school safety. These include: manage incident stress by having a team trained in Critical Incident Stress Management; get involved before the worst happens by forming multidisciplinary teams to monitor students' social networking and paying attention to what the kids are actually saying; and add more manpower by training teachers to react proactively. In addition, the use of other tactics such as better camera placement, locking exterior doors, use of picture IDs for all staff, improved lighting, conducting an annual review and update of school safety plans, and enforce school protocol on behaviors that reduce the likelihood of school violence.
Main Term(s): School security
Index Term(s): Children at risk; Community involvement; Crime in schools; Crimes against children; Education; Educators; School security officer training; School security officers; Student grievances
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