Spotlight on K-12 School/District Campus Safety Director of the Year Finalist Byron McCray

Check out some of this Director of the Year finalist’s top accomplishments, as well as a photo gallery of him and his department.

Congratulations to Byron McCray, Director of School Safety, Chief Emergency Management Officer at Brentwood Union Free School District, for being named one of this year’s K-12 school/district Campus Safety Director of the Year finalists.

Some of his notable achievements include:

  • Implemented the Student and Community Relations Officers (SACRO) Program, utilizing restorative justice practices to create positive, reciprocal relationships among students, schools, and external entities.
  • Established a crisis team responsible for monitoring student devices, specifically laptops, to identify bullying, suicidal ideation, weapons, bombs, or child sexual exploitation.
  • Installed sensors in bathrooms to detect vaping, smoking, THC, and other dangerous chemicals, as well as detect aggressive behavior via audio (because cameras can’t be installed in bathrooms.)

View his photos.

Winners of this year’s Director of the Year award will be announced at this summer’s 2024 Campus Safety Conference, taking place in Atlanta, Georgia, July 8-10. For more information and to register, visit

Read about the other K-12 finalists.

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About the Author

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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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