TPSD security guards will have a new way to ensure safety

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Updated: 7/29/2013 9:12 am
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)-- Security updates in the Tupelo Public School District will not only affect students and visitors but also campus security officers.

"The security patrol system will directly affect the whole district," said Matthew Dillon, the assistant superintendent for the Tupelo Public School District.

Gone are the days when guards simply walked and patrolled school campuses in the Tupelo Public School District.

Educators say starting August 5th, the use of technology will help district security randomize their daily patrols.

"We do not want to actually have a routine.  Because we do not want students to know where we are going to be and what we are doing during certain times during the day," said TPSD Security Director Terry Hatch.

Hatch says at the beginning of the school year all members of his security staff will have a key that will electronically record all the places his team patrols on campus.

"Well, I think it's going to be better.  Plus, it's going to get us out in the school and instead of us just saying we checked it, we are going to know they check it by this key," said Hatch.

At the end of each day, all the data collected , will be sent to Security Director Hatch.

"What I like about it is we are going to get some data back showing that this is where our guys are, this is what time they are going to the different spots, and then we can have some good conversation and professional development with our security officers about things they are seeing, so they can report back to the principal and report back to the appropriate staff," said Dillon.

Hatch also said at the end of each week the safety data will be reviewed and adjustments will be made to insure the highest level of safety is achieved.
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