Category Archives: Public Safety

Mannes to partner with SERAPH to help secure America’s Schools

From the one-room, Amish schoolhouse in West Nickel Mines, PA to Sandy Hook, CT and Parkland, FL; Americans are being issued constant reminders of the vital need to secure its schools.

As someone who is Board Certified in Security Management and a registered expert witness in the standard of care for security/safety; A. Benjamin Mannes has been working to get public, faith-based and private school systems. Now, Mannes is teaming up with SERAPH, a national pioneer in school safety; to help schools take pragmatic steps in securing their environments, to include:

  • Conducting professional climate/threat/security assessments of their facilities to gauge vulnerabilities,
  • Reviewing their internal policies and staff responsibilities relating to security,
  • Develop a notification and investigative response plan for when red flags are identified,
  • Conduct training of staff members to promote vigilance, and
  • Review physical security measures in their facilities, and identify cutting-edge technological solutions to assist them.

As Mannes has secured operations and institutions from federal buildings and healthcare certification organizations to Catholic Schools for over two decades; he was already partnering with SERAPH founder and federally-certified Forensic Profiler Dale Yaeger on investigative engagements. However, the deadly Parkland High School shooting in Florida motivated the two to work together in creating a new, streamlined initiative to give a schools a simple, top-down look at their security vulnerabilities; and low-cost ways they can prevent, mitigate and respond to possible threats.

This combination of strengths represents the most robust capabilities in school security assessment, planning and training in North America. In 1989, SERAPH designed and performed the first U.S.  School Security Management Audit . SERAPH’s research work on school safety and the prevention of violence has been published in:

Furthermore, in 2000, SERAPH was asked to provide a report on the “State of School Safety in America” to members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee; and has provided three reports to Congress between 2000 and 2008 on School Security. SERAPH has over 30,000 school clients in the U.S. and has worked in Canada, South America and Western Europe.

As the national media discussion predictably shifts to issues like Gun Control and Mental Health; it is vital that America’s schools assess their ability to prevent and react to these threats now; while the nation works on these long-term related issues. This new partnership between Mannes & SERAPH hopes to show America’s educators from Pre-K to Graduate School that there are low-cost, effective measures to secure facilities and notify authorities on possible dangers that can be accomplished immediately; in compliance with federal regulations and within the budgetary constraints.

Therefore, consider contacting us in immediately reviewing your school protocols for:

  • School Liability Reduction
  • School Safety & Security Assessments
  • Liaison with Law Enforcement, Federal [DOE] & State Departments of Education for funding and/or partnership opportunities.
  • Compliance with federal – Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and State assessment & school safety regulations.
  • Planning, preparation and review of revised school codes of conduct.
  • Investigative training & case review consulting for student or employee disciplinary matters.
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) consulting
  • Gangs & school safety training
  • Identification of student aggression & violence patterns
  • Prevention & mitigation of parent aggression
  • Truancy and lateness reduction planning
  • School emergency management planning
  • Reduction training & planning for bullying in schools
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) compliance planning & assessment

Why should most office buildings, banks, and public venues have better security than our schools? All would agree that our children are a resource worth protecting, and simply hoping that it doesn’t happen on your campus is not an option anymore.

Protect your staff and students. Reduce your liability. Contact us today.

Security is a Vital Consideration in the Emergency Management Landscape

My latest LinkedIn professional article poses the question; does your security program encompass emergency management? Does your Emergency Management or Preparedness program include security as well as the Fire Service?  This article explores the need for comprehensive planning & response to include all aspects of an emergency; and calls for more continuity between emergency managers, regardless of whether they are federal, state, local or private.

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In Fraud Investigations, Communications are Essential to Create Force Multipliers

My latest LinkedIn Professional article highlights communications tips for investigators to use community and law enforcement partners as a force multiplier in the war on frauds and scams. For someone who led a global investigative directorate with minimal staff and resources, having the “eyes and ears” of my stakeholder community was vital in refining the quality of my cases.

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While Sessions launches new opioid task force, local response lags behind

My latest piece in The Hill addresses the new federal effort to deploy US Attorneys specializing in opioid prosecutions, but hits home to those of us living in the hardest hit areas who are dealing with the crisis on a day-to-day basis.

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The Need for Comprehensive Transportation Security

On May 3, 2017; I wrote an extensive article on LinkedIn as an in-depth examination for the need of increased security focus in the transportation sector, especially among Ports and Transit Agencies. It is an analysis of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) programs, to include the Surface Transportation Security Inspection Program (STSIP); and why the onus on security should be taken on primarily by the Transit Authority, Rail Service, Trucking Company and/or Port Authority. When looking at the benchmarks of the Los Angeles Port Police, WMATA Metro-Transit Police, SEPTA Transit Police, and Port Authority of NY/NJ; the nation’s best practices in transportation security are coming from local authorities with the fiscal support of the federal government, and not vice-versa.

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Law enforcement and intelligence agencies are not synonymous

My latest column in The Hill breaks down a common misconception regarding the law enforcement and intelligence communities, and conveys the urgency for citizens to be more responsible for their own safety and security.

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Mannes discusses Consent Decrees on the Rich Zeoli show

Click here to listen to a discussion about Attorney General Jeff Sessions‘ review of DOJ’s consent decree practices on the April 13, 2017 episode of the Rich Zeoli Show, afternoons from 3-6PM on CBS Radio, 1210 AM WPHT in Philadelphia.

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The truth about sanctuary cities

My April 13th, 2017 column in The Hill​ is an in-depth, historical look at the highly politicized sanctuary city issue and the potentially dangerous precedents it sets.

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The Hill: Jeff Sessions is right to roll back Justice Department consent decrees

On Monday, April 3, 2017,  ordered a review of the many controversial and highly politicized consent decrees issued by the US Department of Justice over the last decade, and why so many in the criminal justice community want to see them gone.  This was the subject of my April 5, 2017 column in The Hill, which can be read by clicking here.

Healthcare, enforcement must be equal partners in opioid fight

My latest column in The Hill looks at the Opioid crisis and how oversight of America’s healthcare providers may help address this deadly problem facing all corners of the nation.

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