N.J. district’s task force recommends sweeping security improvements

March 15, 2019 | North Jersey Record

A task force charged with improving security at Bergen County schools recommended sweeping changes Thursday to how local districts identify and protect against possible threats.

The group, led mostly by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, urged schools to voluntarily adopt the proposals, which include creating teams to spot students with mental health issues, training school personnel on security plans and encouraging students, teachers and administrators to download a cell phone app that would let them anonymously report suspicious behavior and communicate during a lockdown.

Dennis Calo, the acting county prosecutor, said that his office can neither compel school districts to follow the recommendations nor help them pay most of the associated costs. Still, he hopes the task force report, made public at a Thursday news conference at the Harrington Park School, will push administrators to adopt the changes.

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