ASIS International, the preeminent organization for security management professionals worldwide, today announced that Brea Olinda High School, in Orange County, Calif., is the winner of ASIS’ School Security Funding Competition. For its winning entry, ASIS will award the school $20,000 for security improvements.
The competition was launched in conjunction with ASIS International’s 55th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, the security industry’s leading event, being held in Anaheim 21-24, 2009. This is the sixth year ASIS has sponsored the School Security Funding Competition as a way of giving back to the community, and simultaneously encouraging local schools to assess the security issues that confront their buildings, staff and students every day.
Brea Olinda High School, situated on 50 acres, is the only comprehensive high school in the Brea Olinda Unified School District, serving Brea, Calif. The school is home to about 2,000 students in grades 9 through 12.
“We believe that helping local schools provide a safer environment for their students is both an immediate and long-lasting way to help a community,” says Michael Stack, chief executive officer of ASIS. “We congratulate Brea Olinda High School and look forward to seeing the enhancements it has implemented when we visit Orange County in September.”
Brea Olinda High School will put the $20,000 award toward installing surveillance cameras around campus to help officials reduce after-hours trespassing and vandalism. “This will be the first phase of a security project that has been in the planning stages for the past year,” says Brea Olinda Principal Jerry Halpin.
The competition was open to schools in Orange County. School administrators were asked to assess the level of security on their campuses, discuss how particular security concerns impacted their educational goals for students and suggest how they would use the prize money to address those concerns and improve their school’s overall security.
A committee comprised of security management professionals from the ASIS Orange County Chapter judged the submissions. Brea Olinda High School will be recognized at a special awards luncheon on Sept. 24 during the ASIS Seminar and Exhibits at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Last year’s winner was Grady High School in Atlanta. Administrators used their winnings to install a network of cameras to aid them in identifying students who violated school policies. Previous winners’ purchases have included a utility vehicle and bicycles to patrol school grounds, perimeter fencing, a visitor-badge system and metal detectors.