Even Good Safety Programs Can Miss the Basics

Assessments by neighboring campus officials, however, can bridge these gaps.

It is almost inevitable that an informed and careful outside evaluation of a campus safety program will reveal that simple and extremely common strategies have been overlooked. This is often true even for campus safety programs that are very comprehensive and top flight in most regards. 

Aside from an external evaluation, another good defense against this type of common gap is for campus safety professionals to visit and assess other campus safety organizations. A willingness to accept that such oversights are common and possible can also help to prevent them from happening.

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Michael Dorn serves as the Executive Director of Safe Havens International, a global non profit campus safety center. During his 30 year campus safety career, Michael has served as a university police officer, corporal, sergeant and lieutenant. He served as a school system police chief for ten years before being appointed the lead expert for the nation's largest state government K-20 school safety center. The author of 25 books on school safety, his work has taken him to Central America, Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia, South Africa and the Middle East. Michael welcomes comments, questions or requests for clarification at mike@weakfish.org. Note: The views expressed by guest bloggers and contributors are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, Campus Safety magazine.

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