On Feb. 28, 2018, PASS K-12 submitted a letter to Senators Hatch and Klobuchar in support of the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018. An excerpt from the letter appears below:
We are writing to encourage you to vote in favor of the STOP bill. This legislation acknowledges that schools should be the safest places for children outside of their homes.
In 2013, the Security Industry Association (SIA) launched a working group focused on identifying ways to enhance school security. The following year, SIA partnered with the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) to turn that group into a more robust organization that brought together members of the security industry, school officials, and law enforcement to develop a coordinated approach to protecting K-12 students and staff. SIA and NSCA formed the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) with the unified vision that combining their respective school safety programs, along with NSCA’s mass notification and emergency communications task forces, would provide valuable insight and perspective. Their goal was to create a meaningful and powerful entity that would help schools implement the most appropriate and effective security technologies.
PASS focuses on addressing ongoing and emerging threats to students and educators, as well as providing education about vetted practices in security and life safety. Its role is to help both schools and the security and life safety industry manage the steps needed to make a real difference in this changing landscape by identifying:
- Guidelines for security technology applications
- Technological advances
- Skills-building opportunities
- Solutions to funding challenges
Last year, PASS published a cost study to implement the PASS Layered Continuum approach for every public school in the country by school type and by state. These costs were based on an actual implementation of the guidelines in a Denver area school district. The cost data can be found here.
By authorizing $100 million in funding annually through 2028, PASS believes that the STOP Act will considerably expand grants through the U.S. Department of Justice to improve school security and safety, helping these institutions invest in code-compliant solutions, effective security technology and equipment, training programs, and technical service and assistance.
This bill will strengthen our nation’s schools and allow for all students, faculty, and staff to rest assured that their learning and work environments are as safe as possible – despite limited budgets or lack of funds. Every school in every corner of the country should have the opportunity to improve security.
We appreciate your leadership as you help us find solutions to support our nation’s schools. We look forward to working with you and your colleagues to support passage and enactment of STOP. Please feel free to contact us for further information.