National School Safety and Security Services is a Cleveland (Ohio)-based, national school safety consulting firm specializing in:
- school security assessments
- school safety, emergency preparedness and violence prevention training
- emergency planning and crisis response evaluations
- litigation consulting and expert witness support services
- crisis communications planning, consulting and media training with a focus on safety, security and preparedness
Who we are: National School Safety and Security Services is private, for-profit national school safety consulting firm based in Cleveland, Ohio with consultants in Arkansas, Indiana, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. We have more than 30 years of preK-12 school safety experience and provide professional services on a contracted basis to schools, public safety organizations, youth-service providers, government agencies, litigation firms, and other clients in all 50 states and internationally.
Our philosophy: We believe proactive strategies are the keys to safe schools. We focus on a balanced approach to prevention, intervention, security and crisis preparedness, combined with improving communications, school climate, psychological support services and strong relationships with public safety officials. We are independent and driven by the best interests and practices in our field. We are not product-affiliated, grant-funded, government operated, or allied with any group that pushes bundled services. We are free of biases, political influences and hidden agendas. Our primary interest is the safety of children, schools and communities.
6 Reasons why we are the nation’s premier school security service provider:
- PreK-12 school-specific security experience
- Urban, suburban, rural, public and private school experience
- Recommendations are independent, not product-affiliated, and based on your needs
- Demonstrated experience working in highly-emotional and politically-charged conditions
- Communications training and media strategies designed for schools
- School psychological support, alternative education and school administration expertise
Meet our team:
Kenneth S. Trump, MPA, is the President of National School Safety and Security Services. Ken has been making schools safer for more than 30 years. Right now, he is working with school and safety officials across the country to make schools safer and better prepared to manage emergencies. He is speaking at national conferences on school security, emergency planning, bullying, threat assessment, and managing crisis communications and social media strategy. He counsels state and federal lawmakers on school safety policies and crisis response, and provides litigation consulting and expert witness services on school safety cases.
Ken is the author, co-author and/or editor of three books, five book chapters and more than 450 articles on school safety issues. He has advised school and public safety officials in all 50 states. He works on the front-lines with principals, superintendents, school board members, school crisis teams, first responders, communications directors and public information officers, parents, and others to make schools safer and better prepared for emergencies while communicating safety issues more effectively and strategically to their school-communities.
Ken started as an officer, investigator and Youth Gang Unit Supervisor for the Cleveland Public Schools, and as a suburban School Security Director. During that time, Ken spoke at national conferences and worked regularly with local reporters on stories related to school safety, security incidents, and gangs.
Ken is currently a doctoral student at The Johns Hopkins University School of Education in the Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education specialization where his research focuses on school safety leadership issues. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Service (Criminal Justice concentration) and a Master of Public Administration degree from Cleveland State University. He has received special certification in School Safety Leadership from the National School Safety Center, and also for completing the Advanced Physical Security Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Ken has also received more than 2,500 hours of specialized training in gang prevention, intervention, and enforcement; terrorism and homeland security; physical security; school safety and emergency management; and associated topics.
He has been interviewed by all network and cable news outlets, the top 50 U.S. daily newspapers, local community newspapers, and radio stations nationwide. Ken is familiar with the unique operations and needs of each type of media outlet.During recent high-profile school shootings, including the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings and the Chardon (OH) school shootings, Ken provided on-site live analysis and commentary for The Today Show, CNN, and Fox News Channel, along with satellite live shots and taped interviews for ABC World News Tonight, CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, and others. He has also worked as a freelance investigative producer, content consultant and online reporter for the ABC affiliate in Cleveland.
Ken has testified four times before Congress about school security and crisis issues, and in 2011 he testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights about the role of the federal government in local school bullying issues. He was a guest at the 2006 White House Conference on School Safety. Ken has also advised the Connecticut Governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, the Oklahoma School Security Commission, the New Jersey School Security Task Force, the Council of State Governments, the Education Commission of the States, and other public policy and governing entities. (Want to know more? Click here)
Chuck Hibbert serves as a consultant to National School Safety and Security Services. Chuck retired after 21 years of services as Coordinator of Safety and Transportation Services for the Wayne Township Metropolitan School District in Indianapolis. Prior to his position in the school district, he served as a twelve-year member of the Indiana State Police. Chuck earned a B.A. degree, has extensive specialized school safety and law enforcement training, and served as a master level instructor in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention as certified by the Crisis Prevention Institute.
Chuck has trained and consulted nationally on school security assessments and emergency preparedness issues, and serves as an expert witness consultant to the legal community on school safety and emergency preparedness issues. Chuck was co-designer of the concept leading to the creation of the Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy and served as founding chairperson of the Academy’s Advisory Council. He has served as a school safety consultant for the Indiana Department of Education and is the recipient of the Bell Ringer Award for his contributions to school safety in Indiana.
Chuck is past chair of the Indianapolis Chapter of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) and serves on the Educational Institutions Council of the American Society for Industrial Security. He has authored articles and presented nationally on school safety, security, and emergency preparedness issues to law enforcement and education associations including the National School Boards Association and the Association of School Business Officials International. Chuck has appeared on local television news and in national news as a school safety expert. Chuck was an invited attendee at the October, 2006, White House Conference on School Safety.
Jack Martin serves as a consultant to National School Safety and Security Services. Jack retired after serving 12 years as Supervisor of Security and Chief of School Police for the Indianapolis (Indiana) Public Schools, where he was responsible for security and policing services for over 50,000 students, 6,000 employees, 110 schools and support facilities, and directing a department of 85 school police officers and civilian support personnel.
He has since served as a national consultant, litigation expert witness, and trainer on school security assessments and emergency planning for school districts across the nation. Prior to his tenure with the Indianapolis Public Schools, Jack retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army after serving over 25 years with the Military Police where he served worldwide in three different command positions plus numerous staff positions, including several involving all aspects of physical security and guard force development and management.
Jack has a B.A. degree in Political Science (University of Iowa), M.A. degree in Criminal Justice (Sam Houston State University), and M.A. in Human Resources Management (Pepperdine University). He is also a Graduate, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Jack holds a state certification as a school safety specialist and extensive training in school security and emergency preparedness issues.
Jack has served on the U.S. Department of Education’s advisory assembly of school safety chiefs, as a charter member of the Indiana School Safety Specialists’ Academy Advisory Council, and as an advisory board member of the University of Louisville’s Center for Safe Urban Schools. He has presented nationally on school safety and provides expert witness and litigation consultation services to attorneys on matters related to school safety, security and emergency preparedness issues.
John Weicker serves as a school security consultant to National School Safety and Security Services. John is a veteran of more than 35 years in education where he served as a teacher, dean, and school security director for the largest public school system in Indiana.
The son of a high school principal, John served in the U.S. Army and went on to earn his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Indiana University. While attending college, John worked as a school custodian and later began his teaching career in Fort Wayne Community Schools at the middle school level. John then served as a high school dean of boys for 13 years. He was appointed in 1991 as the district’s security director where he served for 22 years until his recent retirement.
During his tenure as security director, John oversaw safety and emergency preparedness issues for 51 schools with more than 4,000 staff and nearly 31,000 students. He was responsible for security staffing, coordinating School Resource Officers, physical security measures, investigations, discipline data management, liaison with first responders, and related areas of school safety. John continues to serve the district as an expulsion hearing officer.
John’s leadership on school safety extended beyond the boundaries of the Ft. Wayne Community School District. He was an original member of the Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy, contributed to its curriculum design, and advised on the initial direction of the Academy. John was a founding member of the Allen County School Safety Commission where he served as its chair. Upon his retirement, John was presented with the coveted Sagamore of the Wabash award issued by the Indiana Governor for his distinguished service to the school community.
Dr. Karen Curtner has been active in public education for 30 years and she currently is the Assistant Superintendent of Nettleton Public Schools in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She also serves as an adjunct instructor for the Education Leadership Department at Arkansas State University for Master and Specialist level courses.
Karen’s education includes earning a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Arkansas State University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science from Harding University and an Associate of Arts Degree from Crowley’s Ridge College. She holds a middle level and secondary teaching certificate a certification as a K-12 Curriculum Specialist and Licensed Administrator in Arkansas.
Karen has previous experience in administration including serving as the Director of Success Achievement Academy, which is a K-12 county alternative school, and Principal at Westside High School. She was the Principal during the March 24, 1998 School Shooting at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Her previous teaching experience includes teaching Family and Consumer Science at Brookland High School and Douglas MacArthur Junior High School in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Throughout her career, she has received the Educational Leadership Outstanding Alumnus Award from Arkansas State University, the Arkansas Association of Elementary School Principals Distinguished Award and was selected as one of Northeast Arkansas’ Most Fascinating Educators. She currently serves on ASU College of Education Advisory Committee. Recently, she has served on the Crowley’s Ridge Development Council Board of Directors, the Arkansas Association of Alternative Education Board, and the Advisory Board of Action for Kids in Northeast Arkansas.
Dr. Curtner has interviewed with local, state, and national radio, newspaper, and television networks. She has made presentations at local, state, national and international conferences in Arkansas, Texas, Colorado, California, Illinois, Nevada and Washington D.C. concerning school violence. She shares her experience of the reality and recovery of a school shooting to students, teachers, administrators, community members, school resource officers, police departments and special operations.
Dr. Asia R. Jones is currently the Director of Personnel Services for Loudoun County Public Schools, the third largest school division in Virginia. She is an educator with more than 20 years of public school experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels as a teacher, principal, and central office administrator. Her teaching and administrative experience has been with economically disadvantaged and well-resourced students within rural and urban school divisions. Asia has also served as adjunct faculty for teacher preparation programs offered through Roanoke College and the University of Virginia. She has conducted workshops and presented at the local and state level on leadership development, dropout prevention, threat assessment, de-escalation strategies, and crisis management.
Asia earned both her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Science in Education from Longwood University. She is endorsed to teach Business, and Special Education, in addition to licensure in Administration and Supervision, as well as Division Superintendent in Virginia. Her love for working with at-risk students inspired her dissertation research through Virginia Tech where she earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in 2011. She is a past member of the Virginia Department of Education Commission to the General Assembly and Virginia Council of the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools (SACS CASI). As the recipient of many honors during her tenure as an educator, she is most proud of being recognized by her students through Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
Having had the opportunity to be an elementary and middle school principal within the same neighborhood zone, Asia quickly learned the importance of creating an inclusive and supportive school environment. Her success as a building administrator of eight years enabled her to assist principals with creating mutually respectful learning environments as the Executive Director for Student Services for an urban school division of just over 13,000 students. As the Executive Director, she was responsible for student safety, emergency and crisis management, at-risk student intervention, and student discipline as the division hearing officer. Additionally, she was responsible for facilitating the threat assessment protocols for division-wide use and received training from the developers of the Virginia model of threat assessment and violence prevention.
An advocate for students, Dr. Jones is most pleased with her accomplishments around reducing the out-of-school suspension rate, providing alternatives to suspension, and improving student connectedness to the school community.
Dr. Scott Poland, Ed.D., is a nationally recognized expert on school crisis, youth violence, suicide intervention, self injury, school safety, threat assessment, parenting and the delivery of psychological services in schools. He has lectured and written extensively on these subjects, appeared on all major television network news programs, and has presented over 1,000 workshops in every state and numerous foreign countries.
Scott served on the President’s Roundtable on Youth Violence and has testified about the needs of children before the U.S. Congress on four occasions Dr. Poland is a founding member of the National Emergency Assistance Team for the National Association of School Psychologists and serves as the Prevention Director for the American Association of Suicidology. He has led multiple national crisis teams following numerous school shootings and suicides and has assisted schools and communities after terrorism acts in New York, Washington, D.C. and Oklahoma. He has also worked in the aftermath of hurricanes in Texas, Louisiana and Florida. Scott has also been an expert witness in numerous legal cases.
Scott is a Past President of the National Association of School Psychologists and was the Director of Psychological Services (1982-2005) for a large Texas school district that received numerous state and national awards for its exemplary psychological services. He developed and ran one of the nation’s largest adventure based counseling programs (ROPES) as over 100,000 students and staff participated. Scott has received many individual honors including being named a finalist for the national school psychologist of the year, named the most outstanding school psychologist in Texas twice and named most outstanding psychologist in Texas. He also received the Houston Wage Peace Award.
Our communications consultant team has decades of experience as veteran education and investigative reporters, managing editors, anchors, news directors, and social media strategists. They know what questions will be asked of school and safety officials, how decisions are made on what is and is not covered in the news, techniques for best handling challenging media inquiries and interviews, and how to communicate your school’s message proactively within and outside of the traditional media channels.
Ellen Miller works with schools on crisis communications, media relations, community building, and social media strategy. She coaches school leaders to perform effectively in television interviews and news conferences.
Ellen is an award winning veteran of TV and online news, with a Master’s degree in Journalism. She has extensive experience as an education and investigative reporter, news anchor, executive producer, online editor and TV news director at local television stations across the country, including Chicago, Atlanta, Cleveland, Sacramento, Charlotte, Nashville, Baton Rouge and Charleston, West Virginia. She spent 20 years running newsrooms and making the key editorial decisions about which stories get covered and how.
Ellen also launched the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, www.jjie.org. This news organization focused on children and families at risk is based at Kennesaw State University outside Atlanta, where she also taught journalism classes. She knows the secrets to getting coverage for your good news stories, handling the communications crisis when bad news hits, managing your school’s reputation online, and creating your own buzz with parents and the community. Ellen has degrees in English Literature and Journalism from Cornell University and Boston University.
As a consultant to National School Safety and Security Services, Ellen leads our research projects on electronic school threats and the development of strategies targeted to help school leaders prepare for emerging new communications challenges. Her work with our school clients includes evaluating school web sites, crisis communications plans, traditional media strategy, social media tactics and strategy, and related messaging.
Dick Russ has been serving the people of Northeast Ohio for some 40 years, both as a professional journalist and as a leader in the community’s civic life. Dick has held a variety of leadership positions in broadcast journalism including most recently serving as News Anchor and Managing Editor at Cleveland’s NBC affiliate, WKYC-TV, Channel 3. Before coming to WKYC in 1999, Dick spent 20 years at WJW-TV in Cleveland, where he anchored and reported the news locally, nationally, and internationally. In the 1970’s he served as a broadcast journalist at a number of TV and radio stations in Northeast Ohio, including WAKR Channel 23 in Akron.
Dick’s professional media honors include membership in the Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame, the Press Club Hall of Fame, and the prestigious Silver Circle Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), recognizing more than a quarter century of exemplary service to the television industry. Dick is a ten time winner of the regional Emmy Award, and a two time honoree by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists as the state’s outstanding television documentarian.
His efforts on behalf of the Northeast Ohio community have earned broad recognition, including the U.S. Attorney General’s Service Award, the Arc of Greater Cleveland’s Legacy Award, the Asian Pacific American Federation Leadership Award, and the Rotary Club’s International Service Award.
During his journalism career, Dick managed and provided extensive reporting on school security and emergency preparedness incidents including two high-profile school shootings, one in Chardon, Ohio, and the other at Cleveland’s Success Tech School, which received extensive national attention. Dick has worked closely with school boards, superintendents and educators on education news stories for four decades. In his work with community agencies, Dick has developed specialized knowledge, experience and commitment to working with individuals with disabilities and related special needs.
Today, Dick advises school leaders on crisis communications planning, social media strategies and related communications issues to help them stay ahead in communicating their messages to parents, the community, school staff and students, and the media. As a consultant to National School Safety and Security Services, Dick evaluates school web sites, crisis communications plans, traditional media strategy, social media tactics and strategy, and related messaging. Dick knows the secrets for managing the challenging stories and for getting positive coverage of a school’s “good news” stories.
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