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A new podcast from Campus Safety magazine featuring important and timely conversations with those charged with the public safety, security and emergency management of schools, universities and healthcare facilities.

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A new podcast from Campus Safety magazine featuring important and timely conversations with those charged with the public safety, security and emergency management of schools, universities and healthcare facilities.

    University of Houston Continuity of Operations Plans Praised by State of Texas

    University of Houston Continuity of Operations Plans Praised by State of Texas

    While still grappling with the effects of the pandemic, in February 2021, the state of Texas was immobilized by historic Winter Storm Uri. Seven months later, Hurricane Nicholas made landfall.

    Although the University of Houston was impacted by these storms, the hard work put into continuity of operations planning by Ginger Walker, director of emergency management, kept impacts at a minimum, allowing the campus to quickly resume operations.

    In this interview, Walker discusses how Winter Storm Uri impacted campus operations (2:15) as well as how her continuity of operations planning efforts have been recognized by the State Office of Risk Management (35:21).

    OTHER TOPICS IN THIS EPISODE:
    Findings from the Winter Storm Uri after-action report (15:04)How new policies and procedures put in place following Uri helped during Hurricane Nicholas (26:34)CAMPUS SAFETY SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
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    • 45 min
    6 Capabilities Your School's Video Surveillance System Should Have

    6 Capabilities Your School's Video Surveillance System Should Have

    Video surveillance serves many purposes, including entrance/exit monitoring and visitor verification. While many agree security cameras play a big role in keeping campuses safe, the available options can be overwhelming.

    We spoke with Allen Cain, director of safety and security at Gilbert Public Schools and a 2022 Campus Safety Director of the Year finalist, about his journey in selecting a new district-wide video surveillance system, including establishing a team to help review vendor applicants who responded to a request for proposal (RFP) (12:00), and deciding which capabilities were a must-have for the new system (12:59).

    OTHER TOPICS IN THIS EPISODE:
    Other changes he recognized his district needed to be regarding school safety (1:37)How he partnered with the operations department to construct secure entryways (5:09)Advice he has for campuses looking to undertake a similar video surveillance project (18:26)CAMPUS SAFETY SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
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    • 22 min
    How Appalachian State's Police Officer Development Program is Revolutionizing Policing

    How Appalachian State's Police Officer Development Program is Revolutionizing Policing

    Shortly after becoming Appalachian State's director of public safety and chief of police, Andy Stephenson established the school's highly-respected Police Officer Development Program.

    The 2-year program exceeds North Carolina's minimum training standards by hundreds of hours and students graduate as fully sworn police officers. Stephenson goes in-depth on the structure of the program and the various types of training cadets undergo (2:07).

    OTHER TOPICS IN THIS EPISODE:
    How the school is able to fund the program and provide participants with hourly wages (12:19)Challenges he faced in establishing the program (14:49)The diversity among program participants (17:02)
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    • 21 min
    Missouri S&T Police Chief: Campus Police Must Be Community Servants Above All Else

    Missouri S&T Police Chief: Campus Police Must Be Community Servants Above All Else

    A community servant is someone who cares about the needs of others rather than the desire to have power. For Douglas Roberts, that's why he got into policing.

    Roberts, police chief at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) and a 2022 Campus Safety Director of the Year finalist, spoke to us about ways he works to ensure the public has confidence in his police department (1:51), urging his officers to engage with students constantly, not only when there is an issue (10:29).

    Roberts also discussed the importance of his department maintaining relevance in surrounding communities, especially among local first responders (20:42).

    OTHER TOPICS IN THIS EPISODE:


    How technology has acted as a force multiplier in building confidence in the campus police department (12:08)How Roberts' Secret Service background has helped him succeed in his current role (27:19)CAMPUS SAFETY SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:


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    • 39 min
    How Fusion Centers Can Help Improve Campus Security

    How Fusion Centers Can Help Improve Campus Security

    If you’re in a private organization that has a non-sworn security department, getting your hands on the criminal intelligence that other organizations in your region may have can be challenging. Fortunately, there are fusion centers all around the country that can help all kinds of private organizations get the information they need to keep their campuses safe.
    For example, Rick Franks, who is security manager for the Jewish Association on Aging serves as a private sector fusion liaison officer to the Western Pennsylvania and Region 13 Information Process and Criminal Intelligence Center (PaCIC).
    In this interview, he addresses the following topics:
    What exactly is the Western Pennsylvania and Region 13 information processing and Criminal Intelligence center: 1:53Why his organization works with its local fusion center: 3:05His role as the fusion liaison officer for the Jewish Association on Aging: 4:45 The results of his participation in PaCIC: 10:35Advice for other healthcare facilities wanting to get involved in something like the PaCIC or the equivalent in their areas: 7:31CAMPUS SAFETY SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
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    Pinellas County Schools Police Chief Makes Community Safer by Investing in Students' Futures

    Pinellas County Schools Police Chief Makes Community Safer by Investing in Students' Futures

    After three fellow officers were killed in the span of 30 days, one at the hands of a 17-year-old, St. Petersburg Police Officer Luke Williams knew something needed to be done to both save officers and set youth up for success.

    We spoke with Williams, who is now police chief at Pinellas County Schools and a 2022 Campus Safety Director of the Year finalist, about Men in the Making, a progressive initiative focused on role modeling and life skills to increase minority male success (20:39). 

    Williams has led many other youth-focused initiatives, including one that supports foster children in the school district (28:11). Listen to hear more about them.

    OTHER TOPICS IN THIS EPISODE:
    How Williams has successfully and impactfully conveyed law enforcement's role within the school system to the community served (2:05)How he partnered with local police chiefs and the Pinellas Sheriff to create a collaborative agreement following the murder of George Floyd (9:43)Ways he has continuously worked to improve officer morale, tailoring it to each individual's perception of what "morale" entails (14:06)CAMPUS SAFETY SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
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    • 31 min

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