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Representative Prior Work
Training | Organizational Policy & Procedure | School Safety

TRAINING

Joseph Parks has developed and presented training on a variety of topics and issues, including:

  • Annual and "as needed" safety and security updates addressing changes in legislation, policy or procedures for campus administrators, senior district leadership and other affected workgroups 

  • Full-day, district-specific orientation for School Resource Officers (SROs), including role of SRO, the campus-SRO partnership, FERPA, information sharing, communication and related topics

  • Training for elected school board trustees and the superintendent's cabinet on emergency procedures in the event of disruption or threat during public school board meetings  

  • Training for secondary campus administrators on the Campus - SRO partnership

  • Introduction and overview of the school district, presented to police officers attending annual in-service training at local police academy.   ​

  • Developed and facilitated several short (40-45 minute) tabletop exercises for campus administrators, with scenarios including an active violence incident, police activity adjacent to a school, an evacuation due to a gas leak on campus, and dangerous weather (tornado)  

  • Developed and facilitated short (90 minute) tabletop exercise for the superintendent's cabinet and executive level district leaders involving a district-wide disaster scenario focusing on response and continuity of operations 

  • Developed and produced district-specific training video on the Standard Response Protocol (SRP)* that is viewed annually by all campus staff and all students in 3rd grade and above 

  • Annual orientation and refresher training for contract peace officers performing certain critical security duties (Campus Protection Officers).  Topics included role, interacting with campus staff, communications between multiple police agencies, responsibilities during multi-agency response and district emergency protocols.

  • Training for newly appointed campus administrators on topics such as crisis leadership and decision-making, emergency procedures, certain legal issues and selected district policies 

  • Conducting effective internal investigations at the HR or campus level

  • Investigation and testing of employees observed to be impaired or under the influence of prohibited substances

  • Mitigating threats and security concerns resulting from family violence situations involving parents, staff and students

  • Understanding and reviewing criminal history record information of applicants, volunteers and contractors 

  • FERPA and information sharing with law enforcement and outside agencies

  • Searches of students and use of metal detectors by school officials

  • Pre-planning and responding to student protests on campus

  • Introduction to Incident Command Systems

  • Parent-student reunification following an on-campus incident

  • Training for campus staff on safety and security screening of students attending DAEP campuses

  • Conducting random metal detector searches at secondary campuses for student and staff safety

  • Dangerous weather procedures for school and district officials

  • Emergency radio communications for campus administrators

  • Police High Risk Warrant Service / Tactical Operations / Basic SWAT

  • Police Report Writing and Courtroom Testimony

  • Community Policing /  Problem-Oriented Policing 

  • Civil Nuisance Abatement

  • Police Use of Force

  • Weapons of Mass Destruction

  • Armed Robbery Tracking Devices and Tracking Procedures

  • Police Bicycle Patrol (International Police Mountain Bike Association)

POLICY AND PROCEDURE

In the area of policy and procedure, Joseph Parks has collaborated with appropriate stakeholders and, when appropriate, the organization's legal counsel, to draft (or revise) and implement policies and/or procedures involving: 

  • Revision of Interlocal Agreement and MOU between law enforcement agencies and school district to include a prompt, collaborative investigation and mitigation process when threats or significant safety concerns involving a campus are reported directly or distributed through social media, during school hours or after-hours 

  • Drafting and negotiation of MOU between numerous area law enforcement agencies and school district to address creation and scope of duties of contract peace officers serving in school district Campus Protection Officer program. 

  • Interim appeals process for persons ejected or refused entry to district facilities / criminal trespass procedures 

  • Local school board policy providing for metal detector use and safety screening of students attending DAEP campuses

  • Local school board policy requiring secondary students to wear an approved student identification card while in campus and district-provided transportation

  • Local school board policy providing for random metal detector searches at secondary campuses for student and staff safety

  • Local school board policy addressing requests for education records, video records and other information pursuant to FERPA and the Texas Public Information Act (Open Records)

  • Local school board policy and internal procedures for the investigation of employees suspected of being under the influence of a prohibited substance, including testing procedures and related matters

  • School district internal procedures and processes for conducting internal investigations into workplace misconduct, off duty criminal activity and other serious violations of school board policy

  • School district internal procedures and protocols for emergencies or threats occurring during a public school board meeting 

  • School district internal procedures for school bus traffic accidents and disturbances/violence on buses 

  • Police department administrative directive/SOP addressing emergency mental commitments

  • Police department administrative directive/SOP addressing use of force by officers 

  • Police department administrative directive/SOP addressing civil nuisance abatement and city nuisance abatement team 

  • Police department administrative directive/SOP concerning credentialing and annual firearms qualifications of honorably retired peace officers

  • Police department SOP Manual for Tactical Unit operations, including high risk arrest and/or search warrant service, hostage situations and narcotics buy-bust operations 

SCHOOL & PUBLIC SAFETY RELATED PROJECTS
  • Developed concept, later implemented in collaboration with engineering and construction firm contractors, to significantly enhance access control and student safety at 3 unique senior high schools, each with 5 to 7 separate buildings, set on sprawling 100+ acre campuses.  Included developing and implementing campus safety monitor program utilizing trained paraprofessional staff to monitor and patrol senior high school campuses for suspicious persons or circumstances.  

  • In aftermath of national and local outrage over the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, collaborated with numerous local law enforcement agencies to develop and successfully implement an innovative Campus Protection Officer program that featured contract peace officers utilizing District-owned patrol vehicles to conduct continuous patrols of elementary and middle school campuses that were not served by full-time SROs.

  

  • Collaborated with district facility services and architectural contractor to design concept of double-door "safety vestibule" entries that were subsequently installed at over 70 campuses as a means to better control visitor entry into schools.   

  

  • Directed the district-wide implementation of the Standard Response Protocol (SRP)* and Standard Reunification Method (SRM)**, years before these protocols were identified by the State of Texas as best practices. 

  • In light of COVID-19 concerns affecting high school graduation ceremonies, collaborated with multiple school district departments and external agencies to develop life safety plan and determine logistics for series of four (4) high school graduation ceremonies, totaling approximately 25,000 persons in attendance, conducted in an outdoor stadium venue, including contingencies for security and law enforcement presence, traffic direction and control, attendee screening and access control, weather monitoring, emergency incident procedures (weather/violence/fire), pre-event detection canine sweeps, security escort of VIPs, courtesy shuttles for disabled/heat sensitive patrons, and standby EMS services.  

  • Over an 11 year period, developed and/or collaborated on and directed security plans for 33 senior high school graduation ceremonies, in 5 different venues, each with 1200 to 1400 graduating seniors and 8,000 to 10,000 family members in attendance.    

  • Collaborated with other district departments and external agencies in design and implementation of behavioral threat assessment process. 

  • Developed district-specific emergency procedures that were converted to a hardcopy guide for campus administrators as well as a companion smartphone application (app) that permits every district employee to have access to emergency procedures and resources on their smartphone or tablet. 

  • As part of pilot program exploring wireless, neck-worn panic buttons for school staff, coordinated the installation of required hardware, training for school staff, and integration with local police radio frequencies to announce emergency directly over police radio. 

  • Developed protocols for carrying out random metal detector searches at secondary campuses, and corresponding protocols and staffing requirements to implement such searches in a manner that was minimally disruptive to the education environment and carried out in an equitable and non-threatening manner. 

  • Developed protocols for use of walk-thru metal detectors and daily security screening of students attending DAEP campuses.   

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  • Developed district-specific processes for conducting comprehensive school safety and security audits pursuant to Chapter 37 of Texas Education Code.  Components included student and staff surveys, interviews of specific key personnel, intruder assessments, and walk-thru inspection checklists by security and facility services personnel.      

  • Developed and implemented concept of annual half-day school safety symposium for campus administrators, featuring a national speaker combined with district-specific safety and security updates. 

  • Collaborated with district records management department to develop a digital incident reporting system for campus administrators, with features such as immediate email notice of incidents to selected district leaders, efficient distribution of reports to necessary staff, and retention-compliant storage of records.

  • Directed the implementation of a web and app based scheduling platform to more efficiently coordinate the scheduling of 30,000+ hours of assignments for contract peace officers hired by the district for security at campuses, athletic and special events.      

  • Coordinated the expansion of the School Resource Officer (SRO) program to add SROs at middle schools and regular service at feeder-pattern elementary schools.       

  • Drafted and obtained Plano city council enactment of innovative city ordinance to regulate certain predatory practices and fees of non-consent towing services within the city.  

  • Directed the expansion of the Plano Police Department's Neighborhood Police Officer (NPO) Unit from 4 to 12 officers, to include problem-oriented policing, community policing, park police and bike patrol functions.  Coordinated build-out of off-site offices. Implemented a collaborative reporting system that allowed multiple police units/divisions (patrol, CID, NPO) to review and track efforts to resolve ongoing crime and quality of life issues for more efficient resolution.   

  • Developed and coordinated the department-wide implementation of the Plano Police Department's first less than lethal force option for officers (OC spray), attributed to reducing injuries to officers and citizens. 

  • Designed and coordinated production of Plano Police Department's Year 2000 Commemorative Badge and Retiree Badge.  

  • Coordinated and supervised special protection details for VIP/celebrity appearances and special events. 

*The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) is a registered trademark of the I Love U Guys Foundation

**The Standard Reunification Method (SRM) is a registered trademark of the I Love U Guys Foundation

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