The CIS Guardian SafeSchool Program was peer reviewed by John Jay College of Criminal Justice as a model for national best practices in May 2014.
In the early 1990’s, CIS pioneered the Community and Character Based Protection Initiative (CCBPI) as a strategy for long-term reduction of crime in communities and improvement of quality of life. Although CCBPI encompasses many elements depending on its application, at its core CCBPI involves actively developing networks of relationships between community members for the purpose of identifying and resolving problems and development of social capital. The same CCBPI methodology employed for 20 years in CIS protected residential and business communities is also used as an integral element of CIS Guardian SafeSchool Programs to facilitate several important functions:
In 2014, the National Association of School Psychologists warned against the implementation of high profile security measures in schools owing to its potential detrimental effect on school climate. We strongly agree with this position. High profile security measures and haphazard implementation can easily damage school climate and have a negative psychological effect on students. As stated by K.C. Poulin, the CEO of CIS, “If you make an environment feel like a prison, don’t be surprised when the community members feel and act like inmates.”
The CIS Guardian SafeSchool Program and operating methodology is specifically engineered to create “invisible” layers of prevention and preparedness that are unnoticed by students. This low-profile approach is consistent in all aspects of the program, from procedural design to recommendations on physical security improvements. Owing to the CCBPI methodology and careful officer selection, the most visible element of the program (the CIS School Protection Officer) not only counters the negative effect of high profile security, but is also a powerful force for building and reinforcing positive school culture and climate.
For more information about the CIS Guardian SafeSchool Program and optional solutions for protecting schools, please contact:
Craig Gundry, CPS, CHS-III
Vice President of Special Projects
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