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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.

The Hill: States are gambling with law enforcement safety

My Sunday, February 12, 2017 piece in The Hill discusses the discrepancies in state laws that classify a peace officer in one state, but that same position is just a guard in another state; and how this failure to standardize roles is putting police and corrections officers at risk.  This is drawn contextually with the hostage siege in a Delaware prison that resulted in the killing of a hero Corrections Sergeant, and the signing of several pro-law enforcement executive orders by President Trump just one week later.

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The Hill: Why Trump should pick Hardiman for Supreme Court

My latest contribution in The Hill focuses on Judge Thomas Hardiman of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. I look at Judge Hardiman’s humble beginnings as a Pennsylvania cab driver and break down four of his opinions which make up my opinion on his suitability to hold a seat on the Supreme Court.

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How ’60 Minutes’ got it wrong about Chicago

This piece in The Hill looks at last Sunday’s “60 Minutes” segment entitled “Crisis in Chicago” and discuses how their analysis fails to truly explore the cause and effect of a violent crime epidemic in Chicago that left 764 people dead within the last year.

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America’s Dangerous “Groupthink” Problem

My December 16th, 2016 column in The Hill looks at America’s dangerous Groupthink problem from both sides of the aisle. Please read, share, & discuss so we can try and push the level of American discourse back to a two way debate, and not inaccurate shouting matches.

To read the entire column, please click here.

The Hill: When a union local betrays all of organized labor

In my November 3rd piece for The Hill, I wrote about this week’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) strike, and how America’s fifth largest city is being held hostage every few years by the same Union. The issue is particularly frustrating as I am a third generation union member and owe my union a lifetime of gratitude. However, the mission of organized labor is being trivialized by locals who abuse their strike vote time and again, with little perspective to the stakeholders they serve.

Please read, share and discuss as it’s important to all working people by clicking here.

The Hill: ‘Status offenses’ limit criminal justice reform efforts

My latest piece in The Hill takes on how some politically charged types of crime are becoming modern-day “Status Offenses” & how that impacts Criminal Justice Reform efforts. Please share and discuss as I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one, as it impacts me personally.

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The Hill: Why facts matter in police shootings

My latest piece in The Hill looks at the differences between the two lives lost in Los Angeles County this week.

As quoted:
“Black Lives Matter” vs. “All Lives Matter” is, in my opinion a false dichotomy. As someone who grew up in both New York and Los Angeles during the crack explosion, I was taught that “No Lives Matter,” until you make a name for yourself and define how your life matters to those around you.”

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Lessons from Charlotte: When a protest is just a riot

This week, an non-permitted demonstration in Downtown Charlotte escalated into a mass of property damage and the murder of a protester by another protester in the crowd. The media reported this by labeling it as a “Violent Protest”.  Similar labels were attached to riots in Baltimore, Ferguson and Milwaukee; but when there’s clear evidence of multiple crimes being committed during a “protest”, it’s officially defined a riot.

On September 23, 2016, my latest piece was published in The Hill that analyzes the events in Charlotte and defines this issue more clearly.  To read the full story,click here.

The Hill: Trolling the bottom: How facts got trumped by volume

This piece in The Hill discusses the current, unfortunate state of discourse in America. It discusses “trolling” as it’s commonly seen in social media, but also examines it as a dangerous social construct that has resulted in a breakdown in trust and socialization throughout the world.

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