School Security Goes to Capitol Hill

<span>Representatives from DSSF and DHI attended the Security Industry Association 2018 SIA GovSummit, held June 27-28 in Washington, D.C., which focused on how government leverages security technologies to drive success across a wide spectrum of missions.New DHI President Mark Berger and DSSF Vice President of Operations Sharon Newport attended the...</span>

Representatives from DSSF and DHI attended the Security Industry Association 2018 SIA GovSummit, held June 27-28 in Washington, D.C., which focused on how government leverages security technologies to drive success across a wide spectrum of missions.

New DHI President Mark Berger and DSSF Vice President of Operations Sharon Newport attended the second day of the Summit, which focused on school security and included a half-day, expanded Secure Schools Roundtable discussion. The Roundtable was presented in cooperation with the Congressional School Safety Caucus and co-hosted by SIA, the Secure Schools Alliance and the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS), and including key stakeholders from government, education, law enforcement, and industry.

“It was quite gratifying to see the door hardware industry so well represented at the SIA GovSummit,” said Berger. “We have the expertise to short-circuit so many of the discussions on bad locking practices. Expanding the circle and educating those involved in the area (architects, government agency staff, etc.) is critical and attending these types of forums (and speaking out) gives us the ability to lead the discussions within our discipline.”

Discussions included an update on the latest policies, new grant programs and other resources at the federal level to assist schools seeking to bolster the safety and security of their facilities, and featured remarks by officials from the Departments of Homeland Security, Education, and Justice. It also included a comparative analysis of state assistance programs, guidelines and standards presented by the Police Foundation, an overview of the PASS Safety and Security Guidelines for K-12 schools and information on the new NFPA 3000 standard for active shooter/hostile event response.

Guest speaker was Dr. Mick Zais, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education and Director of the Federal Commission on School Safety. Special guests included student Jake Glacer of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a survivor of the Feb. 14 attack on the school in Parkland, Fla., and his father, Noel Glacer.

The bipartisan Congressional School Safety Caucus was established in 2016 by Reps. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) and Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) to support bipartisan solutions to help protect our nation’s schools and college campuses through education on best practices, efforts to increase awareness of available solutions, strategies to meet funding challenges and legislation that promotes the adoption of effective school safety and security measures.