School Beat: Security Models in Schools

By Scott Beckman, Director of Security

Integrating security models in schools utilizing structural improvements, student and staff education and training, and various communication options, enhances our abilities to mitigate incidents of violence.

Structural improvements and physical barriers are what most people think of when it comes to security. This is only one piece of the puzzle. While great at controlling crowd movement and keeping people out, it does not specifically address potential threats from within. That is where training and education are crucial. Training in schools for violent incidents is a sad reality of today’s society. Making sure we develop healthy, respectful and professional relationships with students, staff and our community allows for the development of the communication piece.

Through bond support and volunteer efforts, the Rockford Community continues to support the Rockford Public Schools and their efforts to provide as safe and secure an environment as possible. Many of the structural changes have been completed. Programs like Ok2Say, Silent Observer (Fast 50), and especially Developing Healthy Kids through RPS Special Services provide students, parents, staff and law enforcement with educational opportunities and the ability to communicate concerns.

Whether a student or adult is going through difficult emotional times, or frustrations are vented through social media, being proactive and informing the right people or service in an expeditious manner provides responders the greatest opportunity to intervene before something happens. That is the responsibility of ALL of us in the Rockford Community. Refusing to get involved when confronted with information that could be detrimental to one person or many should never be an option. Care and compassion for ALL is needed. Getting the information to the appropriate people is what provides us with the opportunity to maintain as safe and secure a facility as possible.

Thank you for all you do for the Rockford Community. Without your involvement and support, it would not be the great place it is today.