By Shelby Stewart
Brandon Twp.-The high school will be provided free security guard services courtesy of vendor DM Burr for two months.
“Brandon is doing a district-wide review of many facets of our security preparedness,” said Dr. Matt Outlaw, district superintendent . “This has included a review of our procedures, our execution of procedures, our training, our facilities and our efforts in identifying/helping students with certain at-risk dispositions.”
DM Burr, which currently provides custodial services to the school, also runs a security business. They had launched their SOS program, which offers two months of a free security guard to a few school districts. The district had submitted their name for consideration and were chosen.
“One of the topics that we are discussing is the need for more security personnel to assist with screening visitors, monitoring, reporting and supervising,” he said. “Our current people wear so many hats and so many responsibilities. Having an individual dedicated to safety and security ensures that this remains our top priority.”
The guard will be in the district from April 9, the first day back after spring break, to the end of the school year.
“I will be discussing the details of location and more with the board on March 19,” he said. “We are looking to potentially hire more security for next year. This will be discussed at the board workshop.”
The guards would be in addition to the current school liaison, since he can’t be at all of the schools at once.
“It’s the fact that the school district is looking to improve security,” said Lieutenant Greg Glover, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Brandon substation commander, who has had very recent conversations with Outlaw on the subject. “Anything that the district can do is not a bad thing.”
Glover also emphasized that this would not be a replacement of an officer.
“This is not replacing a police officer,” said Glover. “They would have no police authority.”