Dr. Erroll Southers, TAL Global’s Managing Director for Counter Terrorism and Infrastructure Protection, was an invited expert panelist last week in Washington D.C. at a school security event hosted by the Security Industry Association (SIA), a trade association for electronic and physical security solution providers, in cooperation with the Congressional School Safety Caucus on Capitol Hill.
The forum, held on March 2nd, 2016, brought together the co-chairs of the caucus, Reps. Rick Larsen (D-WA)., and Susan Brooks (R-IN), with private- and public-sector experts to assess strategy for securing our nation’s schools.
The discussion panel consisted of school safety and security experts:
- Dr. Erroll G. Southers, University of Southern California;
- Dr. Paula Maurer, Superintendent, Southwestern Consolidated School Corporation, Indiana; and
- Robin Lambert, Rural School and Community Trust.
Reps. Larsen and Brooks emphasized their support for the School Safety Act (H.R. 2667), which would revive federal assistance to help schools implement security measures. The panel discussed, among other topics, best practices offered by the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS), designed to improve security by tiers, depending upon threat levels and resources. (For more information on PASS, visit http://www.passk12.org).
Summing up the event, Dr. Southers said that: “These noble efforts are rarely followed by real substantial and sustained action. We all agreed we do not want to convene after the next school tragedy, with nothing accomplished. A minimal security standard should be established based on an independent vulnerability assessment. It’s a prudent and intelligent first step.”
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