College Planning & Management

DEC 2012

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Safety & Security PHOTO COURTESY OF LPA, INC. PREPARE AND BE AWARE Security Master Planning A security master plan lays out a comprehensive, long-term, sequential strategy for protecting the campus community. BY MICHAEL FICKE S O N QUITE A FEW COLLEGE and university campuses, too many security cooks are spoiling security by making it into a stew. The English department has bought and installed a brand X access control system. The history department has installed brand Y access control. The campus IT director is throwing a fit because someone connected IP cameras to the campus network to monitor the residence halls. A security master plan can help a public safety director or police chief bring security implementations under control, with a coordinated multi-year strategy and budget designed to improve security for the 32 entire campus community. A master plan goes beyond better organization and helps manage security risks better. "Campus environments across the nation are facing unique challenges, and a security master plan can help you to move beyond reacting to problems and toward proactively preventing problems," says Toby Heath, CPP, PSP, CPTED, the security division leader with Syracuse-based C&S Companies, a consulting engineering firm with a security consulting speciality. A master plan balances three key components of security: technology, personnel, and policies and procedures. "The final plan should assess existing conditions COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / DECEMBER 2012 and forecast future needs in each of these areas," continues Heath. Getting Started Before beginning work on the master plan, there are two preliminary tasks. First, assemble an expert planning team. "You will need a certified fire protection specialist," says Stevan P. Layne, CPP, CIPM, CIPI, a principal with Nokomis, FL-based Layne Consultants International. "Additional team members include the top facilities person, deans from the various colleges or departments, a financial person who can discuss budgets authoritatively, the top campus public safety or law WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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