Risk management training aims to tighten security at US schools


In a move to improve safety and security in the US school sector, ASSA ABLOY is partnering with two American school associations to pilot a risk management training program in three US states.

Together with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), ASSA ABLOY will run the program in school districts in Mississippi, Connecticut and Indiana.

Aimed at superintendents, high-school principals, athletics directors and school resource officers, the goal of the pilot, which will begin on March 18, is to improve safety around high-school athletics and after-school activities.
The program forms part of a national risk management training curriculum put together by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi in cooperation with the NFHS and the NIAAA.
“We’re very proud to support NCS4 and its affiliates as they develop and present best practices for expanding safety and security platforms and procedures that address the different challenges associated with after-school activities,” says Dave Sylvester, President, ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions. 
“Many studies, investments and continuous training activities have focused on security and safety during daily school operations. This risk management training on after-school athletics and other extracurricular activities is a critical element of the total environment.”

In the training sessions, ASSA ABLOY security experts will demonstrate how doorways contribute to a safe and secure school environment. Participants will be instructed in how to identify areas that require controlled access along with strategies for implementing a physical security plan that protects building occupants during after-school events.

Following the pilot, the program is scheduled to launch nationwide in summer 2014.