School Risk Assessment Tool

Historically, steps taken to deal with school violence have focused on prevention or intervention. While these strategies are very important in a safety plan, little effort has focused on implementing balanced, rational security measures geared to the safety of the immediate environment.  

Partnering with a risk assessment software company, the Justice and Safety Center will develop a School Risk Assessment Tool.Given the existence of several commercial vendors in this area, the SRA Tool will be developed from an off-the-shelf product to be identified by a group of subject matter experts. The tool will be designed for the School Resource Officer, or other qualified user, to develop and produce an analysis of a school's security and vulnerability and identify areas where improvements can be made.

The tool will be in a Compact Disc (CD) format consisting of two components. The first will be instructional in nature and will teach the fundamental principals of physical security, risk assessment, and security technologies.The second component will operationalize this learning by providing a template to generate a report on the user's own facility security detailing areas such as:   

  • Perimeter security and barriers          
  • Lighting          
  • Access control
  • Intrusion detection systems
  • Surveillance systems
  • Crime prevention through environmental design
  • Transportation security.

The tool will incorporate a quantitative assessment capability that will allow users to objectively assess their facility.

For more inoformation on the Public Safety and Security Institute for Technology (PSITEC), contact Dr. Pam Collins at 859.622.8106.