NYC Security Firm to Assess New Rochelle Schools

Vigilant Resources International's chairman and CEO is former NYC police commissioner Howard Safir.

In the aftermath of the , the City School District of New Rochelle announced it is hiring a security consulting firm to assess buildings districtwide.

Vigilant Resources International, whose chairman and CEO is former NYC police commissioner Howard Safir, will conduct a ful "Threat, Risk & Assessment" for the district, according to the announcement made by the Board of Education.

After the threats, risks, and vulnerabilities have been assessed, VRI will make a series of prioritized recommendations.

The district said the assessment will include building visits, meetings, interviews and a review of documents.

"We thank the many members of our community who have suggested changes to safety procedures over the past several weeks," the board statement said. "Interim changes to existing procedures have been implemented at our buildings as a direct result of your input."

District spokesman Paul Costiglio said some security desks have been relocated, front doors at schools during school hours are being locked, where possible and appropriate, and arrival and dismissal procedures at the elementary schools have been revamped.

"We are assessing the ongoing pilot test of the buzzer/camera/swipe system at three of our schools (Trinity, Barnard and Columbus) with the hope that it can be rolled out districtwide," he said.

Cristina Cerone January 24, 2013 at 01:41 PM
That makes me happy as a Jefferson School Parent...I made that suggestion at a recent meeting and in several emails to parents, about the buzzer system. Great idea!
Robert McCaffrey January 24, 2013 at 02:28 PM
When they are done, they can do a full review of the Board of Ed and City Hall. We have had policies and procedures that should have been followed in the first place. We have emergency and safety management. We hold no one accountable. If they were a public company, there would be fines and penalties to pay for non-compliance. Or worse!
Melissa Quatroni January 24, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Wow! I'm impressed and very relieved.
Dana Ziogas January 24, 2013 at 06:55 PM
SO happy :-)!!!


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