Benefits of Security Guards in Schools

If you’ve watched the news for the past decade, you’re undoubtedly aware of the violence occurring in U.S. schools. This violence ranges from physical bullying to mass shootings. The rash of school shootings has left many to wonder what can be done to increase school security.

One possible solution is the presence of security guards in schools. The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) reported in the 2015-16 school year that 42.9 percent of public schools have begun using armed law enforcement officers. An armed security guard would serve a similar purpose and could offer an upgrade to any school’s security.

Here are some benefits of using security guards in schools.

Reduce catastrophic violence

While you’ll have the option of using an armed or unarmed security guard in your school, opting for an armed guard could end up saving lives. In the event of a school shooting or other mass-murder event, an armed guard has a much better chance of disarming or disabling the shooter or killer than an unarmed guard. The known presence could also serve as a deterrent to potential mass killers.

Reduce fighting and bullying

A security guard would not only be able to deter physically violent incidents, but he or she could help stop fights or break them up as well. Too many times, children are pushed around and bullied, and nobody in a position of authority seems to do anything about it. A security guard could put a stop to bullying when the child being bullied has nowhere else to turn.

Increased vigilance

Having someone whose job it is to monitor students and maintain school security can be very helpful. Simply observing students, either overtly in the halls or covertly on security cameras, can tip the administration off to any potential problems with certain students as well as prevent future crimes. This can mean everything from helping a depressed student get help to preventing a thief from stealing again.

Instant emergency assistance

Many school security guards are cross-trained in emergency medical care. This means that if anything were to happen to a child on school grounds during school hours, a security guard would be able to jump right in and offer critical medical aid in the time before the emergency medical technicians can get there. Depending on the severity of the issue, this could be the difference between life and death.

Improve relationship with authority

It’s possible that schoolchildren have a warped view of law enforcement officers and security guards. Maybe they’ve only seen them on TV, or maybe they’ve only ever interacted with them when they’ve been in trouble with the law. If a child could see a security guard, talk to them and realize that they’re a human being too, then they might be more likely to come to them with problems or have a more positive view of the security guard and authority at large.

Call for school security services today

There are many reasons to implement security guards in schools, in addition to those listed above. When you decide that school security guards are right for you, give us a call at Mohave Security LHC. We’re the experts when it comes to security solutions, and it’s our goal to give you peace of mind.