School Resource Officers: Conducting Formal Security and Vulnerability Assessments

School Resource Officers: Conducting Formal Security and Vulnerability Assessments
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1Resources
Recorded on: 2019-10-29
Unit 1Slide Deck: School Resource Officers Conducting Formal Security and Vulnerability Assessments
Unit 2Workbook: Conducting Formal Security and Vulnerability Assessments
Unit 3Recording: School Resource Officers, Conducting Formal Security and Vulnerability Assessments

Just as the media frenzy of one mass shooting incident seems to have died down, another one hits us. It is especially heartbreaking when it is a school shooting and innocent children are targeted and exposed to the trauma. With this in mind, prevention and readiness become paramount – diverse methods are being adopted by institutions to deter the different types of hazards that they may face.

This webinar’s instructor is Chris Jones. Chris works at the University of Tennessee Law Enforcement Innovation Center as a Training Specialist that teaches an array of topics in law enforcement and emergency response, one of which is critical incident prevention and management. He also provides consultation services for security management of various organizations.

In this course, Chris provides an overview of security and safety assessments. Topics he detailed on in this session include:

  • What security and safety assessments aim to address.
  • The different types of assessment being offered, its characteristics and benefits.
  • The all-hazards approach to risk assessment that identifies hazards and the potential victims, quantifies the risk, documents findings, and reviews and updates the assessment and reports regularly.
  • A glimpse into the risk matrix and hierarchy of controls that dissects consequences, likelihood of occurrence, and reduction of risks.
  • A mathematical approach to understanding the hazards by quantifying warning time, duration, intensity, likelihood, and impact of a critical event.
  • The 7-step process of a safety and security assessment.
    • Outlining a letter of agreement that provides the scope of the assessment.
    • Assembling a team of representatives who are most familiar with the facility and are likely to be impacted if a critical incident transpires in and around it.
    • Holding a pre-assessment briefing with concerned representatives to secure buy-in, identify issues, and present a proposed timeline of the assessment.
    • Conducting focus group discussions and one-on-one interviews with the people that make up the organization to understand their concerns.
    • Collecting necessary documentation related to emergency management.
    • Running thorough site inspections in and around the facility.
    • Writing a report that will provide a summary of the inspections, findings, and recommendations.
  • Unpacking the elements of the site inspection.
    • Guidelines on what to bring and how a site inspection will be conducted.
    • Environmental aspects that play a critical role in deterring intruders or attackers from the facility.
    • Electrical considerations that involve surveillance, communications, alarms and PA system, and locks.
    • The structural integrity of the facility’s physical security features and cost-effective suggestions to enhance it.
    • Procedural considerations for various scenarios including the location of and access to critical safety and security systems.
  • Chris provided clarifications during the Q&A on:
    • Labeling and marking buildings for better instructions and faster response.
    • Applying concepts discussed to other types of facilities.
    • The importance of accountability, documentation, and abiding by set procedures.
    • Resources for assessment tests and templates.
    • The regularity of reviewing and updating the assessment documents.
    • Securing buy-in by pointing out the risks and liability.
    • Model procedure and best practices for risk assessments.


Audience Comments:

  • “There were quite a few “light bulb” moments particularly about who and how to include people in the assessment team. Very, very good nuts and bolts down to earth information about getting this done.” — Kathleen
  • “His experience and knowledge came through.” — Michael
  • “Process, content, structure of such assessments. Great job in small time available!” — Thomas
  • “The training was well organized and flowed very well. The assessment matrix and the scoring of the threats was a new theory for me, and I will use that in future assessments.”  — Ronald



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