COVID-19’s ‘Silver Linings’ for School Safety and Security

School security expert Paul Timm discusses some of the improvements that resulted from the pandemic that will most likely impact campuses for years to come.

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There’s no question that the COVID-19 pandemic we all have been experiencing over the past couple of years has been traumatic and tragic. Nearly a million Americans have died and millions more have lost loved ones as a result of this dreaded disease.

That said, there have been some positive developments in school safety and security that have resulted.

One of them is the elevation of the school security practitioner and physical security from being considered a “necessary evil,” according to FEA Vice President Paul Timm.

School security expert Paul Timm will be conducting scenario-based tabletop exercises at this summer's Campus Safety Conferences in Bethesda, Md., June 20-22; Fort Worth, Texas, July 18-20; and Los Angeles, August 2-4. For more information and to register, visit CampusSafetyConference.com.

“The pandemic kind of made everybody say, ‘Hold on… we need to put our heads together. We need a collaborative approach.’ That has really elevated the standing and amplified the voice of the security practitioner.”

In our discussion, Paul also talks about the elevated roles of:

All of these developments will most likely positively impact school security and safety programs for years to come.

So, let’s hear about some of the positive things that have come out of the pandemic.

About the Author

Robin Hattersley Gray
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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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