Community Safety and Security
Communities have unique challenges when it comes to community safety and security.
March 12, 2016, “Two people are dead after a shooting Thursday in an Ocala retirement community. The shooting was reported just before 9 a.m. Thursday at On Top of the World, a 55-plus retirement community off Southwest 82nd Avenue, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said.”
Communities serve the unique needs of the residents. Depending upon the community residents can fit a certain age range, lifestyle or be very diverse. One example of a community is a 55-Plus community common in Florida, for people who want to live in a community that provides almost exclusively to the needs of people over 55.
What is needed for community safety and security management?
Ability to create a community ID that is easily distributed and easily revoked across their network of communities.
Ability to create and distribute smart cards that are easily distributed and easily revoked across their network of communities, for access to community resources and possibly entry gates.
Ability to create brand and community with an app/system that provides many features that engage the resident into the community.
Provide support for help requests across many communities.
Provide emergency broadcasts across many communities and to specific communities and groups.
Provide security services from both a centralized and decentralized approach.
Flexibility to create Community specific help requests, emergency broadcasts, locations, and custom Community apps.
Ability to locate residents and communicate with them.
Engaging features that residents want to use like chat, message boards, file sharing, picture sharing, todos, calendar sharing, location sharing, group management, volunteering, visitor management, visitor criminal record validation and many other systems.
Community shootings, mental health issues, allergies, medical conditions, illicit drug use on and off Community, and natural and main made disasters, all are concerns associated with community safety and security. Safety is a major concern for everyone who steps foot on community. Turn on the news on any given day and you’ll quickly discover negative stories highlighting dangers found on communities across the nation.
Community leaders are challenged to keep their residents safe and secure, and engaging them in the community.
Communities’ Safety and Security are the responsibility of community leaders.
Community leaders and security resources are ultimately responsible for the safety, security and issues that occur in their communities.
The issues are obvious:
- Save Lives
- Reduce Injuries
- Protect the reputation of the community
- Reduce litigation risk
Now that the Scot Peterson, security resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas communities in Parkland Florida is being criminally charged with child neglect and other charges, legitimate concerns from community leaders and community security officers about criminal charges loom.
Community leaders and security professional need to:
- Document policies and procedures.
- Demonstrate daily in real-time that the Community safety and security tools, systems, resources, people and processes are in place to secure their Community.
- As communities demonstrate response, the response has to be well documented so that communities can prove, improve and anticipate response.
- Consider all the risks that exist in a community and take actions with the appropriate, people, processes and tools to safe guard the community.
- Engage residents into safety and security processes that are integrated in a compelling way into the lives of residents.
What is so cool about the IDentifyED community safety and security system?
The IDentifyEd App is much more than just a resident ID and app software-based smart card for gate and community resources, IDentifyED’s main goal is to entice the resident with a large series of resident engagement apps. These modules/features are completely configurable by the community at the user role level. IDentifyed provides 2 major categories of resident engagement solutions for your Community:
1Campus safety and security.
- Student ID
- Emergency Broadcast
- Help Requests
- HID SEOS Smart Card
- Custom App
- Security Operations Tools
- Hall Pass
- Say Something
- Security Policy and Emergency Content Tool
2Campus social networking and communications.
- User Messaging
- User/Student Portfolios with:
- User Message Boards
- File sharing
- Contact/roster info sharing
- Picture sharing
- Location Sharing
- Calendar Sharing
- Strong privacy and filters
- Group Message Board
- Course Message Board
- Group/Group Messages
- School Broadcast
- Group Chat