Isotec Security Inc’s President and CEO, David Barnes, accepted his nomination to the NSA’s committee for School Safety & Security. Barnes will serve as a subject matter expert from the product/technology side of products, technologies, and services that prevent guns from getting into schools. Barnes commented “I cannot think of a more worthy cause. I’m honored to be part of this dedicated team of professionals committed to protecting children, the schools they attend and the communities they call home.”
Barnes will offer guidance and evaluate information, assist with forming multidisciplinary groups, including law enforcement perspectives to further the mission of schools. The committee is comprised of law enforcement, healthcare, education, and safety service professionals volunteering to serve on the committee.
The White House has been reviewing submissions related to school safety and security. Steve Luce from the Indiana Sheriffs Association has met with Vice President Pence as part of the comprehensive scope the committee is pursuing.
The committee will evaluate evidenced-based practices, suggest and promote best practices that may prevent and mitigate violence in schools. The Active Shooter and Hostile Event Response ideas are similar to the general direction of the NSA. In contrast, the NSA appreciates the local communities they serve may prefer certain risk appropriate recommendations and practices over others.
As an example, some schools with trained and armed staff members are worried more about high powered long barrel weapons than handguns. To accommodate this trend Ceia developed a walk-through metal detector specifically programmed to allow laptops and cell phones pass through, while still being able to detect the type high powered long barrel weapons use in mass casualty incidents. More advanced metal detectors may be part of a safety and security solution as more schools are providing laptops and tablets instead of books, but still, need to detect for weapons.
One technology or any single methodology won’t apply to all, but working together with local communities and sharing valuable insights are the best way to determine the most appropriate solutions from school to school.