Thursday, April 19, 2007

U.S. Campus Security Database and RCMP Emergency Plan for Canadian School Shootings

The U. S. Department of Education Office of Post-Secondary Education (OPE) has created a database known as the Campus Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool:

"The data are drawn from the OPE Campus Security Statistics Website database to which crime statistics are submitted annually, via a Web-based data collection, by all postsecondary institutions that receive Title IV funding (i.e., those that participate in federal student aid programs) as required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act".


"The statistics found on this website represent alleged criminal offenses reported to campus security authorities and/or local police agencies. Therefore, the data collected do not necessarily reflect prosecutions or convictions for crime. Because some statistics are provided by non-police authorities, the data are not directly comparable to data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting System which only collects statistics from police authorities. The site contains a glossary that provides definitions for the various crime and geographic categories presented in the reports".
On a related note, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police held a press conference today to unveil their emergency response plan for school shootings.

Under the plan called SAFE (School Action For Emergencies), the federal police force will map every elementary and secondary school in the RCMP areas of jurisdiction. It will then do the same for all Canadian colleges and universities.

"The officials said the basic plan is to get as much information about every school as they possibly can and then put it in every police cruiser — either in printed form in a binder, or as a CD for the car's laptop computer".

"The Mounties have already started to visit schools to obtain floor plans, electrical plans and other blueprints that show how fire alarms, water sprinklers and public-address systems work".

"They are taking photographs of areas such as parking lots, cafeterias, and stairwells".

"They are also using aerial-survey photos taken from different angles to plot out possible entry routes, exits, observation points, perimeters and checkpoints".

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 6:33 pm


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