In his July 19, 2018 piece for Security Magazine, Ariel Benjamin Mannes analyzes the lawsuit filed by MGM Resorts in their effort to use a 9/11-based federal terrorism law as a liability shield from the tragic October, 2017 shooting at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The article questions security liability and calls for more professional security assessment, training and intervention strategies to prevent further incidents from occurring.
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Posted onJuly 3, 2018|Comments Off on Security Magazine: Was the Capital Gazette Shooting a Reminder of Security Responsibility?
In this piece for Security Magazine, I discuss the recent Capital Gazette shooting and recently released FBI report on behavioral indicators for active shooter prevention and the workplace responsibility for safety & security of staff and stakeholders.
Question posed: What is your workplace doing to prevent active shooters and report potentially dangerous behaviors to law enforcement?
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Posted onJune 28, 2018|Comments Off on DAILY CALLER: ARE MAYORS FUELING THE OPIOID CRISIS BY STIFLING ENFORCEMENT?
My latest piece The Daily Caller addresses the municipal policies that may be enabling addicts who are living in homeless encampments in many US cities by limiting law enforcement presence and arrests for drug offenses and quality of life crimes.
What do you think should be done to address this issue within the opioid crisis? What do you believe are the responsibilities of municipal government to the taxpayer/homeowners in these areas respective to those of the homeless setting up these encampments?
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Posted onJune 19, 2018|Comments Off on Buffalo News Publishes Mannes’ Piece on School Security
On June 19, 2018 the Buffalo News published my piece; “The Risks of Oversimplifying the School Security Issue” on their Another Voice pages. If you haven’t read this valuable analysis on school security in Security Magazine; it’s important that you read it by clicking here.
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Posted onJune 18, 2018|Comments Off on Security Magazine: The Risks of Oversimplifying the School Security Issue
Thanks to Security Magazine for publishing my latest piece which unpacks and analyzes the issue of safety & security in America’s schools; and why little has been done to actually secure them almost 20 years after the attacks at Columbine.
Please click here to read the full article, share and comment as a shift in our national conversation about this issue is key in addressing funding, planning and upgrades in school security.
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Posted onJune 8, 2018|Comments Off on Daily Caller: THE DANGERS OF LABELING OPPONENTS AS ‘ENEMIES’
My latest piece the The Daily Caller discusses how it’s become common to call someone with differing opinions an “enemy” in a breakdown in respectful discourse; and how this reflects a potentially dangerous trend that may be contributing to a rise in violent acts.
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Posted onJune 6, 2018|Comments Off on Addressing Homeless Encampments & the Opioid Crisis on the John Cardillo Show
With large homeless encampments presenting an increased risk to both public safety and public health in cities like Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Seattle and Fort Lauderdale; is a return to “Broken Windows” policing necessary to provide the first step toward intervention in getting homeless addicts into a diversionary treatment program that gets them off the streets? John Cardillo and I discuss it in an interview on The Rebel.
Posted onFebruary 22, 2018|Comments Off on Discussing School Security on the OAN Evening News
On Tuesday, February 20, 2018; I appeared on a national cable evening news broadcast (the OAN Evening News with anchor Patrick Hussion) to discuss the need for improved security in America’s schools. When the national discussion starts to shift to pragmatic measures that may actually make people more safe, and you’re lucky enough to be part of it; it feels good.
Please watch below and comment with your thoughts.
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Posted onFebruary 20, 2018|Comments Off on Mannes to partner with SERAPH to help secure America’s Schools
From the one-room, Amish schoolhouse in West Nickel Mines, PA to Sandy Hook, CT and Parkland, FL; Americans are being issued constant reminders of the vital need to secure its schools.
As someone who is Board Certified in Security Management and a registered expert witness in the standard of care for security/safety; A. Benjamin Mannes has been working to get public, faith-based and private school systems. Now, Mannes is teaming up with SERAPH, a national pioneer in school safety; to help schools take pragmatic steps in securing their environments, to include:
Conducting professional climate/threat/security assessments of their facilities to gauge vulnerabilities,
Reviewing their internal policies and staff responsibilities relating to security,
Develop a notification and investigative response plan for when red flags are identified,
Conduct training of staff members to promote vigilance, and
Review physical security measures in their facilities, and identify cutting-edge technological solutions to assist them.
As Mannes has secured operations and institutions from federal buildings and healthcare certification organizations to Catholic Schools for over two decades; he was already partnering with SERAPH founder and federally-certified Forensic Profiler Dale Yaeger on investigative engagements. However, the deadly Parkland High School shooting in Florida motivated the two to work together in creating a new, streamlined initiative to give a schools a simple, top-down look at their security vulnerabilities; and low-cost ways they can prevent, mitigate and respond to possible threats.
This combination of strengths represents the most robust capabilities in school security assessment, planning and training in North America. In 1989, SERAPH designed and performed the first U.S. School SecurityManagement Audit. SERAPH’s research work on schoolsafety and the prevention of violence has been published in:
Furthermore, in 2000, SERAPH was asked to provide a report on the “State of School Safety in America” to members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee; and has provided three reports to Congress between 2000 and 2008 on School Security. SERAPH has over 30,000 school clients in the U.S. and has worked in Canada, South America and Western Europe.
As the national media discussion predictably shifts to issues like Gun Control and Mental Health; it is vital that America’s schools assess their ability to prevent and react to these threats now; while the nation works on these long-term related issues. This new partnership between Mannes & SERAPH hopes to show America’s educators from Pre-K to Graduate School that there are low-cost, effective measures to secure facilities and notify authorities on possible dangers that can be accomplished immediately; in compliance with federal regulations and within the budgetary constraints.
Therefore, consider contacting us in immediately reviewing your school protocols for:
School Liability Reduction
School Safety & Security Assessments
Liaison with Law Enforcement, Federal [DOE] & State Departments of Education for funding and/or partnership opportunities.
Compliance with federal – Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and State assessment & school safety regulations.
Planning, preparation and review of revised school codes of conduct.
Investigative training & case review consulting for student or employee disciplinary matters.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) consulting
Gangs & school safety training
Identification of student aggression & violence patterns
Prevention & mitigation of parent aggression
Truancy and lateness reduction planning
School emergency management planning
Reduction training & planning for bullying in schools
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) compliance planning & assessment
Why should most office buildings, banks, and public venues have better security than our schools? All would agree that our children are a resource worth protecting, and simply hoping that it doesn’t happen on your campus is not an option anymore.
Protect your staff and students. Reduce your liability. Contact us today.
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Posted onFebruary 7, 2018|Comments Off on Security is a Vital Consideration in the Emergency Management Landscape
My latest LinkedIn professional article poses the question; does your security program encompass emergency management? Does your Emergency Management or Preparedness program include security as well as the Fire Service? This article explores the need for comprehensive planning & response to include all aspects of an emergency; and calls for more continuity between emergency managers, regardless of whether they are federal, state, local or private.