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.

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 Security Management Audit . SERAPH’s research work on school safety 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.

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.

Please click here to read the full piece and share freely.

Mannes to speak on Gangs at the historic Union League of Philadelphia

On Thursday, January 26th; A. Benjamin Mannes will be joining a panel of experts to address Gangs and cover the new book: “THE GANG LIFE: LAUGH NOW CRY LATER – SUPPRESSION AND PREVENTION” at the Union League in Philadelphia; Lincoln Memorial Hall at 5:30PM.

Mannes was a contributor to the book, highlighting his experiences both in federal & municipal law enforcement in New York and Washington and as a youth growing up in Los Angeles & New York during the turbulent “crack explosion” of the 1980s and 90s. The panel, hosted by the Union League chapter of the American Legion; will cover the state of gang-related crime in America today and discuss ways for law enforcement and the public to work together to address the issue.

PLEASE RSVP WITH THE UNION LEAGUE, MARY O’BRIEN: RSVP to ensure you get the opportunity to chat with subject matter experts. Come hear experts talk about insider research uncovered about how gangs are furthering their interests endangering ours. Mary O’Brien P: 215-587-6445 E: obrienm@unionleague.org

In Fraud Investigations, Communications are Essential to Create Force Multipliers

 

My latest LinkedIn Professional article highlights communications tips for investigators to use community and law enforcement partners as a force multiplier in the war on frauds and scams. For someone who led a global investigative directorate with minimal staff and resources, having the “eyes and ears” of my stakeholder community was vital in refining the quality of my cases.

Please click here to read the full article and feel free to comment and forward as you see fit.

Happy New Year!

Improving Exam Security from a Realistic Approach

In preparing for my upcoming presentation; “Best Practices: Exam Integrity in the Age of Convenience” at the 2017 ICE Exchange, October 25th in New Orleans – I wrote the following article as an update on test security/exam integrity.

I look forward of seeing my fellow exam integrity colleagues in New Orleans! To read the full article, click here.

The Three Interconnected Components of Security

My latest professional article in LinkedIn details some basic components needed to create a comprehensive security program within a professional organization. It’s intended to prevent the compartmentalization and failure to designate appropriate security leaders so that assets can be protected in an efficient and effective manner.

To read the full article, click here.

Addressing Police Tactics at the Charlottesville Protests

On August 18, 2017; A. Benjamin Mannes appeared on an in-depth report about the Charlottesville Protests on the One America News Network. Mannes was asked to comment because of his experience as a special event security consultant and member of the DC Metropolitan Police Department’s famed Civil Disturbance Unit; who are widely considered the national benchmark on policing special events, riots, and protests.  As you can see in the report, Mannes refrains from the side-taking and blame which is common in discussion about the Charlottesville protests; but focuses on the tactics (or lack thereof) of the Charlottsville and Virginia State Police in securing & controlling the event and how they measured up with both best-practices and inter-agency training.

Please watch the report below:

While Sessions launches new opioid task force, local response lags behind

My latest piece in The Hill addresses the new federal effort to deploy US Attorneys specializing in opioid prosecutions, but hits home to those of us living in the hardest hit areas who are dealing with the crisis on a day-to-day basis.

Please click here to read the full article and let me know what you think.

When Politics have Deadly Consequences

This article in The Hill poses the question of whether there a correlation between the growing anti-enforcement political climate and a rise in violent crime. The article specifically uses the example of the current heated race for Philadelphia District Attorney where Beth Grossman, a career prosecutor is running against Larry Krasner; counsel to “Black Lives Matter” and “Occupy Philly” as an example.

To read the complete article, please click here