Magazine article Security Management

Not Safe Anywhere, Anytime? (News and Trends)

Magazine article Security Management

Not Safe Anywhere, Anytime? (News and Trends)

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When the snipers who terrorized the Washington, D.C., region last fall wrote in a message that "Your children are not safe anywhere at anytime," it sent a frisson of panic through the population. But school security experts have understood this risk for some time. In fact, a recent survey of members of the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), an organization of school-based police officers, reveals that 95 percent of these officers believe that their schools are vulnerable to a terrorist attack. Almost 80 percent indicated that their schools are not adequately prepared to respond to a terrorist attack.

But susceptibility to terrorism wasn't the most surprising finding, says Curtis Lavarello, NASRO's executive director. "I think it was extremely surprising that 55 percent of the officers found that their schools' crisis plans were not adequate or tested," he says. Ken Trump, a Cleveland-based school security consultant who conducted the survey for NASRO, blames federal and state efforts.

"Although our national education policy is 'No Child Left Behind,' it is clear that our federal and state officials to date have left all schools behind in homeland security planning. …

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