I met some really outstanding people this month while presenting at the NASRO national conference and I deeply appreciate how school resource officers (SROs) and school security officers (SSOs) are striving to make a difference with students and with schools.
Before and after my presentations I had some interesting conversations with several SROs from schools all across the U.S. One of the SROs I spoke brought up an ongoing challenge with cameras. He would like to replace outdated analog cameras that do not give him the clarity he needs to recognize and identify people. He also wants to add more cameras for better coverage in problem areas. He went on to say that he was having a difficult time getting school Administrators to understand his concerns and he also cited budget limitations too.
So I suggested a new and different approach. What if you “connected” hundreds or even thousands of existing “security cameras” that are mobile and capable of reporting incidents too?
The SRO looked at me a little funny and said what do you mean?
What if the eyes of every student and every teacher became your security cameras?
And what if the students and teachers were also able to provide details about suspicious activities that are taking place at school, even in the places at school where cameras aren’t allowed and away from school where you will never have cameras?
Lessons learned clearly show that if we want different results…we have to start trying different solutions.
For example, new and different tools like TIPS (Threat Assessment, Incident Management and Prevention Services) empower students, teachers, faculty, counselors, janitors, bus drivers, parents and others to become your mobile cameras that also report incidents…but only if you have the tools to “connect” them.
Are you ready for different and better results?