At the beginning of the school year a Powerpoint is presented to the whole staff detailing everything security does, from investigating possible threats to students, to their operational plan, to levels of disruption. This presentation is unlike what any other school in the district does. Richard and Albert have been working as security here at Mesa for many years; for two of those years, they have been asked to give their presentation in Lake Tahoe at the state level.
Much of the security department’s job is to investigate crimes at school. The security staff uses software called “School COP” (School Crime Operation Package) to assist their investigations. This program records when and where certain incidents have taken place, helps them gather evidence, and helps predict who might cause certain crimes. School COP has been effective in the identification of taggers around the school. Over time, Richard and Albert have identified multiple taggers and have given warnings to the police, with whom they work hand in hand. Richard said, "Taggers usually only do about 10% of their tagging at school. If we can help the police by warning them that a particular student may be prone to tagging, then that will prepare them."
Level 1, Rule Violator: School infractions and classroom violations.
Level 2, Disruptive Behavior: Student disruption or defiance of school rules.
Level 3, Criminal Activity: Students involved in gangs and/or criminal activity on or off campus.
Level 4, Acts of Violence: Students with history and/or increasing potential for violence on or off campus.
To Albert and Richard, being security staff members is much more than a job. Both of them agree that they want to support the future. They want to put troubled students on the right path for life "because high school is just the beginning. The students are the future and if I can make a difference in one or even two of those children/students I know I've done my job", Albert states.
Written by Stephanie Willet