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 onJanuary 24, 2018|Comments Off on 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: email@example.com
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Posted onAugust 23, 2017|Comments Off on 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.
Posted onAugust 4, 2017|Comments Off on 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.
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Posted onJuly 25, 2017|Comments Off on 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.
Posted onJuly 1, 2017|Comments Off on Law enforcement revives crime fighting initiatives as communities see recent spike
My latest piece in The Hill entitled “Law enforcement revives crime fighting initiatives as communities see recent spike” breaks down some of the “new” crime-fighting initiatives in cities like Baltimore & Chicago; and examines their potential effectiveness. Please share your thoughts and let’s discuss.
Posted onJune 4, 2017|Comments Off on After London and Manchester, we need better Public Venue Security
My June 4, 2017 piece in The Hill should serve as a private sector “wake-up call” for public venue security in light of recent, fatal criminal and terrorist incidents; many of which could have been prevented or mitigated with better security planning.
Posted onMay 4, 2017|Comments Off on The Need for Comprehensive Transportation Security
On May 3, 2017; I wrote an extensive article on LinkedIn as an in-depth examination for the need of increased security focus in the transportation sector, especially among Ports and Transit Agencies. It is an analysis of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) programs, to include the Surface Transportation Security Inspection Program (STSIP); and why the onus on security should be taken on primarily by the Transit Authority, Rail Service, Trucking Company and/or Port Authority. When looking at the benchmarks of the Los Angeles Port Police, WMATA Metro-Transit Police, SEPTA Transit Police, and Port Authority of NY/NJ; the nation’s best practices in transportation security are coming from local authorities with the fiscal support of the federal government, and not vice-versa.
Posted onApril 24, 2017|Comments Off on The Importance of Breaking Down Silos in Security Leadership
As a corporate security leader, I wave witnessed a trend in where the leadership of security functions have been broken down into silos based on specific niche functions (such as data security, Investigations, Loss Prevention, Physical Security) and allowed to operate in those functional departments; as opposed to in a separate oversight function.
My in-depth professional article on this topic explores how central security leadership can better serve an organization as a whole. Please click here to read it in full.
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