How Schools Should Evaluate Their Security Guards

Evaluating School Security GuardsPerhaps now more than ever parents are concerned about who is watching their kids at school. With all these school shootings going on, people are scared. Will their little one be the victim of gun violence while they’re trying to learn their reading, writing and arithmetic?

How should you, as a parent or school administrator or teacher, evaluate your school’s security guards?

Ample Coverage

First, does your school have enough guards to cover all times of the day and night? For instance, are there security guards in place when kids are dropped off in the morning, at lunch, walking the halls, picked up after school, and/or at sporting events and after school activities like band practice or drama club rehearsals? There shouldn’t be a time when a school doesn’t have a guard present! After all, bad people can do bad things at anytime– whether it’s 7 in the morning or 7 at night, right?

Resources Used for Security

Consider the school’s budget. How much of it goes toward safety and security? Perhaps your school is behind-the-times– paying more money and attention to things  that may not be keeping kids, teachers and visitors safe and secure from harm. Investigate the budget and learn if it’s where you think it should be, or if you need to attend meetings and “make some noise” to get more money devoted to security.

Knowledge of the Facilities

If and when you interact with security guards at school, ask them questions. You can quiz them to see if they know all about the school’s facilities. They should know where things are, traffic patterns, and other pertinent information. School guards need to communicate well with principals, teachers, students, etc. If they keep to themselves, never share their reports, and don’t know anybody’s name, they’re not doing a good job. Guards must establish rapport with the people they’re guarding, and communicate effectively with them.

A Plan for the Worse

Does your school have a planned protocol to deal with anything abnormal? Do the guards literally know what to do if a person with a weapon is found roaming the halls? Does it seem like everyone’s on the same page and aware of what’s going on at the school? If not, why not?

Take time and effort to make sure your school takes security seriously and that guards are doing the job you’d expect them to do– help keep them accountable so tragedies will ultimately be prevented.

If you’re looking for reliable school security guards for Monroe and Genesee County schools, contact the experts at COP Security today.

How to Assess Your School’s Security Needs

School Security NeedsIf you work at a school in the Rochester/Western New York area, when’s the last time you assessed your school’s security needs?

Having a security plan in place is both mental and physical. It’s mental in the sense that you and others in the building know what to do if and when something bad happens– you think about what could go wrong and plan accordingly. It’s physical in the sense that you might need physical protection against threatening people or things, including active shooters and/or bombs.

Meanwhile, nowadays security plans typically include cyber-related computer issues. For example, how do you protect grades such that students don’t hack into the files and change them?

It’s important to assess how your school is currently doing at security, and what it could do to be better. It’s also a good idea to look at the entire campus and the area around it, to take into account any new or potential threats. Where are the vulnerabilities?

To assess your security plan, make a list of security issues you can think of, followed by a list of potential dangers.

Consider the following:

• What’s the current management policy regarding security? Who is keeping overseers at the school accountable?

• What’s the current physical policy? Do personnel know what they should be doing at all times?

• Take a risk assessment… what are risks that could happen and how would they impact the school?

• How about access control? How do people enter/leave the campus and its buildings? Is there a way to stop unwanted guests from getting into buildings or rooms they don’t belong in?

• What about staffing issues? How many guards does the school have? Are more needed? Are more experienced guards needed?

• And how about cyber/communication issues? Who is watching over the school’s computer systems? Is there a rapid response plan? How can staffers and others communicate both internally and externally should a problem arise?

• After assessing your security plan, you might need to adjust policies and procedures. Maybe you need more security cameras, gates or guards. Maybe you need to implement an ID system.

Schools often revise their security plans in order to keep up with the times– and like Bob Dylan sang, “The times, they are a changin’.” So true.

COP Security can help your Western New York school figure out how to guard its people and places better– call COP Security at 585-750-5608 for more information.

What Does a School Security Guard Do?

School Security GuardsThere are more and more schools across the country hiring security guards these days. School security guards are put into place to protect students and teachers and provide communities with peace of mind. School security guards often have a variety of responsibilities throughout the course of a normal day. Here are several things school security guards are in charge of doing.

Monitoring who comes in and out of a school

Most schools are very vigilant about who can come in and out of their building during the school day. School security guards can help with this by setting up shop near the entrance to the building and keeping an eye on those who come into the school and walk out of it. They can also engage with visitors to see what they need and point them in the right direction if they’re not sure where to go after entering a school.

Patrolling the inside and outside of a school

It’s important for school security guards to establish a strong presence in a school building. They can do it by walking around the inside and outside of a school periodically to patrol the grounds. As they patrol, they can keep their eyes peeled for any potential problems. They can also work to develop friendly relationships with students and teachers so that people feel comfortable coming to them when they encounter security issues.

Responding to fights between students and emergency situations

There are all kinds of dangerous situations that can pop up out of nowhere during an average school day. In some cases, these situations will involve students fighting with one another in between classes. In others, they’ll involve parents getting into verbal or even physical altercations with teachers. School security guards need to be ready to spring into action whenever these types of situations take place. They also need to be prepared to respond to emergency situations.

Are you interested in bringing school security guards into your school to patrol the premises? In Monroe and Genesee Counties, C.O.P. Security Inc. can set you up with the security guards you need for your specific school. Call us at 585-750-5608 today to hear more about our security services.

Why Students Appreciate Having Security Guards at School

Security guards at schoolsThink back to your days at school… do you remember the kid who was picked on by others? Most schools had–and have–bullies in them whether we like it or not. It’s just the way of the world and the state of society. Yet a lot of people are more aware of bullying as an issue these days, so there’s hope that not as many kids will have to experience taunts, slurs, hazing and other associated words and deeds that make their life a living hell.

A Trusted Protector

Why do students appreciate having security guards around? Because guards are a trusted set of adult eyes, ears and hands who can watch out for them and protect them if/when needed.

Bullies like to take advantage of others when no adults are around– but if a school hires multiple security guards, it makes it that much harder for a bully to find a place to harass a kid. Teachers cannot be everywhere they’d like to be at all times during the school day– and they’re there to teach rather than police children’s abhorrent behavior. Therefore, a security guard makes sense in a school when kids act up, act out, bully or otherwise intend to do harm to themselves, each other, teachers and/or visitors. Our world has become dangerously violent, and perhaps nowhere is that more evident than in today’s schools.

When you think of schools these days what first comes to mind? If you said “school shootings,” you got it! Sad, isn’t it? But we can’t just let the shooters and bullies and bad guys win. Schools need to increase their security presence in order to better protect the people there. Furthermore, guards can check for weapons, subdue fights, help angry people calm down, and, ultimately, stand in for moms and dads who can’t be there but wish they were, watching over their beloved kid(s) all day, everyday.

A More Desirable Place to Learn

Schools need to be the kind of place students feel safe attending… and when kids don’t feel safe there, they get bad grades, they make themselves sick to avoid going to school, and/or they get into drugs and other bad stuff to quell the pain.

In the Monroe County and Genesee County regions you can count on COP Security Inc to supply your school with security guards. Please call 585-750-5608 to discuss your needs.

The Process of Security Guards Handling Emergency Situations

Security Guards Handling Emergency SituationsHow do security guards handle emergency situations? They’re expected to be physically and mentally “on the scene” where they should perform a variety of duties in order to manage the scene for safety’s sake. Guards are in charge of protecting people and property from harm as best as they can.

Identify the Problem

Guards need to be able to identify emergency situations which could include fire, bombs, weapons, suspicious packages and explosive devices. They have to assess what “could” happen, and then follow procedures taught to them during training in order to react properly to the situation at hand.

Know Their Role

Before a guard begins working on site, their employer or client should determine their role in potential emergency situations. They should be able to answer the question, “What is my role if this or that should happen?” That way, the employer/client and guard are on the same page.

Say, for example, an alarm sounds in the building where the guard works. Is his or her duty to call the client/police and wait for their response/arrival? Or are they supposed to investigate the cause of that alarm while securing the scene for safety’s sake? In certain cases, guards might need to activate a fire alarm and/or call the fire department. Meanwhile, they’re responsible for crowd control and/or evacuating the premises.

Ancillary Duties

Basically, security guards have many duties. They look for fire hazards and do their best to prevent fire from happening; if there is a fire, they’re the ones to respond to alarms and contact authorities, including dispatchers and supervisors. If and when a crime occurs, a guard should call police and have them handle it. Guards can also secure and protect a crime scene.

C.O.P. Security, Inc., offers professional, dependable security in the Rochester, NY region. Guards can handle foot patrol, vehicle patrol, and special event security. You can ask for armed or unarmed guards. Do you have any questions about hiring professional security guards and how they’d help deal with emergency situations? Please call C.O.P. Security at 585-750-5608 or email rbarton@copsecuritycorp.com. Visit our contact page here.

How Many Security Guards Do I Need for My Event?

Security Guards for Events You’re having an event and you want to hire security guards. Inevitably, you’ll ask yourself this question: “How many guards do I need?” Most times, people underestimate the number with the intent to not spend “too much” money on guards, but in today’s increasingly violent (and sometimes bizarre) world, safety needs to be a chief concern. Event planners should, therefore, always err on the side of caution, and not be afraid to spend the necessary money in order to protect their guests and property/venue well.

Ideally, guards are there at an event to keep order and keep the event planner’s risk at a minimum.

Prepare for the Unforeseen

First, for your event, think of all the likely scenarios that could go wrong. Then think, “How many guards would be needed for crowd control and to put people at ease if the worst happened?” Start from there with your thinking…

Event Type

Next, will there be alcohol at the event? If so, that automatically increases the need for more guards, because drunk guests cause problems that guards have to take care of… a heavy metal concert where beer is served is a lot different than, say, an alcohol-free church concert.

If no alcohol is present at your event, then consider having one guard for every 150 guests. If alcohol is present, then go with one guard for every 75 guests. Keep in mind that guards often end up watching over gates, doors, and assets, so plan accordingly.

Security Guards for Larger Events

What about small events? If there are less than 10 people, you probably don’t need a guard. Most events, however, tend to fall in the range of 10 to 50 guests. With that scenario, two to four guards make sense. Get more guards if the area covered is larger, with people scattered throughout many areas.

Larger events, with 50 to 250 people, mean that you should consider hiring and utilizing four to twelve guards. If the event brings 250 to 1,000 people, then it’s a good idea to have twelve to thirty guards.

Want to discuss your event with a security professional, to get a better idea of exactly how many guards would be ideal for your particular situation? Please call C.O.P. Security at 585-750-5608.

Here’s Why You Should Consider Hiring Security Guards for a New Year’s Eve Party

Security Guards for New Year's Eve There are generally two types of drunks: happy ones and angry ones. The happy ones will sing off-key, loudly, while putting their arm around you as they stumble over to the punch bowl for more spiked punch. The angry ones will shout, “What are you looking at?” Even if you’re not looking at them, or whatever, they’ll want to start a fight. And when an angry drunk starts throwing fists at you, it can ruin an otherwise nice New Year’s Eve party.

If you’re in charge of a New Year’s Eve party or event this year, consider hiring C.O.P. Security guards for it. It’s important to have some guards on hand in case things threaten to get out of control, or worse– actually do get totally out of control. All it takes is one mad drunk swearing up a storm and threatening to hurt others in the room to cause major trouble– the kind where people get arrested.

Meanwhile, having security guards at your New Year’s party is a good idea if you want to make sure your party-goers feel safe. Guards can make sure no one is rifling through people’s coats and purses left on a table in a corner of the room. They can call a cab for drunk folks who shouldn’t be driving home. And they can talk people out of doing bad things, such that no one gets hurt. They’re good for crowd control.

New Year’s parties and events tend to be crowded, with people squished into tight spaces together. Security guards help keep the peace, ensuring that property doesn’t get damaged and people don’t get assaulted. Party-goers will appreciate that there’s someone to assist them should something go wrong, like a missing wallet or there’s a jerk talking trash who needs to be escorted outside. Indeed, guards are often called upon to keep certain people from the premises– people who are unwelcome at parties and events but who will stop at nothing to try to get in!

To book security guards for your New Year’s Eve events in the Rochester, NY region, please call C.O.P. Security at 585-750-5608 or email rbarton@copsecuritycorp.com.

Safety Precautions That Security Guards Take

Security Precautions Ever wonder what fills the mind of a security guard on duty? He or she has to take precautions for their own safety! You can learn from them when you discover what some of the things they do to stay safe include…

Plan to Be One Step Ahead

For starters, smart security guards are always planning ahead. That means their mind goes to the worst-case scenario, just in case. When a guard enters a room or gathering area, he or she takes note of all entrances and exits, with an emphasis on the exits. Guards also do their homework, learning about the layout of a place before they guard it. The more informed about “what is where,” the better.

Know the Layout

Guards familiarize themselves with their surroundings, always on the lookout for things that seem out of place or out of the ordinary. These can be obstructions or safety hazards for example. They also notice where stairways are located, as well as doors and exits. Walking a patrol route is a main way guards see and note “what’s going on.”

Bring the Right Equipment

You might not know it but security guards often wear body armor to protect themselves from threats, which can include knives, spiked weapons and, of course, guns. Did you know there are different types of body armor available offering different types of protection? A guard remembers to wear his or her protective equipment/vest when needed.

Stay Ahead of Issues

Guards also need to make sure they’re not using faulty equipment. They might ask themselves, “Is my radio working correctly?” or “Does my protective vest have any holes in it?” If they’re using a vehicle to patrol an area, they ensure that it’s in good working order– fixing fluid leaks or inflating the tires to correct pressure, etc.– such that they’re never at a disadvantage should a problem arise and they need to be quick to react.

Finally, security guards have limits. If and when the situation could lead them to extreme danger, they don’t have to respond and be the hero. They can call for back-up/call the police for help.

A security guard’s brain is always “on,” and they need to use their brain wisely to make smart decisions on the job.

If you’re in the market for reliable security services in the Rochester, NY area, contact COP Security today.

How Private Security Companies Help Citizens Stay Safe

Professional Security Guards Private security companies like C.O.P. play an important role in keeping us safe. The police cannot be everywhere at all times. Therefore, private security helps fill their role of watching over people and making sure the peace is kept at places like banks, community pools, churches, shopping centers, offices and other places people live, work and play.

Security Guards Help in Dangerous Situations

Security guards are good to have around in case something dangerous or bad happens. Trained to perform several procedures, guards being present might mean the difference between life and death for a person or a group of people.

Security Guards as a Deterrent

It’s important to have visible security so that people who want to do others harm know they’re being watched– and if they know this, they’re less likely to commit crimes or harass people in the vicinity of guards. Meanwhile, guards are a set of eyes and ears on the lookout for anything out of the ordinary or suspicious going on– and can report people to the police, if needed.

Security Guards Can React to Suspicious Activity

Security guards can do random walks around properties to “surprise” those up to no good. On foot patrol, they might notice fires starting, obstructions in the way that could hurt someone (like a fallen tree branch), or a person who has fallen to the ground and can’t get up and needs help. Also, guards often utilize video surveillance technology to take a bird’s eye view of an area– focusing on anything that seems out of place or abnormal. By doing this, reports can be made of what happened where at what time– tracking people’s movements and whereabouts, which could come in handy in courtroom matters and such.

Security Guards Can Help Police Officers

If a security guard sees a crime being committed, they can make a citizen’s arrest. Not only can they detain the suspect, but also call the police on them. Guards are also important to have around for emergency situations, when people are looking for a leader to take direction from– a guard is trained to be reasonable, calm, matter-of-fact, and to take care of business even when others around them are scared out of their minds.

With all the violence in the world today, including bomb threats, terrorist attacks and school shootings, private security companies are more in demand than ever. There are a lot of people to watch over in this world!

If you’re looking for reliable security guards in the Rochester, NY area, contact COP Security today.

 

Should Schools Have More Security Guards?

Security Guards in Schools Back in 2012, Adam Lanza killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Most of those people were young schoolchildren. Sadly, this was not/is not an isolated incident. Unfortunately, school shootings have become almost commonplace in America. More and more, one turns on the news only to hear about yet another school shooting where innocent lives have been taken by a rogue gunman. It’s a scary time to have kids in school.

Since our modern day society seems more violent than ever before, it only makes sense that schools should have more security guards.

The Benefits of Security Guards in Schools

Having security guards stationed in and around schools has many benefits. For starters, guards ultimately help to reduce incidences of violence. Especially if they’re armed, guards can deal with armed individuals who might threaten the safety of schoolchildren.

The presence of guards on school property helps reduce bullying and fighting. Short of having dads in schools to tell kids to “cut it out,” it’s imperative that some authority figures are there to “keep the peace” during the day. Guards can spot bad stuff happening and squash it before it gets out of hand. Their job is to lookout for the safety and well-being of everyone in school, from students to teachers and then some.

Guards at schools are able to increase the overall observation of students, such that they can inform parents of anything unusual or suspicious. Meanwhile, they’re right there, at school, if and when there are accidents, falls, or other safety incidents that need immediate attention.

It’s also a good thing to have more guards in schools because they provide guidance for both parents and strangers, while boosting security there, too. Rather than leaving teachers to deal with problems, guards help handle kids (and others) who need special attention and may or may not need to be arrested for their nefarious actions.

Finally, schools have a lot of entrances and exits and involve hundreds or more people coming and going daily while school is in session. Therefore, it’s important to have increased security checks on schoolchildren as well as “strangers” on the premises.

In the Rochester, NY region, C.O.P. Security offers dependable, professional security; please contact them at 585-750-5608 for more information.