ARLINGTON, Va. — A risk intelligence and safety communications provider has released a new report detailing best practices of early warning threat detection and reporting for K-12 school safety and security programs.
LiveSafe's report, “Sources & Methods: The LiveSafe Guide to Early Warning Threat Detection and Reporting For School Safety and Security Programs,” is based on 18 months of interviews with more than a dozen current and former campus law enforcement professionals, former school resource officers, survivors of school shootings, university researchers, and education risk and insurance professionals, according to a news release from LiveSafe.
The report features an introduction by Mark Sullivan, the 22nd director of the U.S. Secret Service. It also draws upon a training session conducted by the Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center on its latest report, “Protecting America’s Schools.”
“This new report brings the best thought leadership available from our partners in the federal government, as well as the many campus police chiefs and education risk experts who shared their experience with us and applies it to our most precious asset — protecting our children,” said Carolyn Parent, president and CEO of LiveSafe. “Our roots run deep in education, safety, and security, and this report has something for every school administrator looking for guidance and tactical steps they can take to improve their safety and security program.”
“Our goal was to help educate school officials on the role and value of community-sourced risk reporting to the overall threat assessment process,” said Dan Verton, the content leader and strategist for LiveSafe and a former intelligence officer and homeland security training consultant. “After 18 months of interviews with school safety experts, current and former campus law enforcement officers, and the knowledge gained from the U.S. Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center, I believe this paper is an important addition to the national dialogue on school safety and security.”
LiveSafe said that community reporting of concerns about potential risks is essential for school safety and security programs. In addition, the risk intelligence provider said that reporting should be discreet, allowing for community members to share their concerns anonymously, and conducted through a mobile app.
The full report, “Sources & Methods: The LiveSafe Guide to Early Warning Threat Detection and Reporting For School Safety and Security Programs,” can be found here.