Personal Security

Dealing with Angry or Frustrated People

  • Stay as calm as possible and do not interrupt them.

  • Try to keep a counter or desk between you and the other person and maintain a distance of at least one arm length.

  • At times, another staff member or supervisor should be called on to speak with the person or stand by and give you support.

  • If you feel there is a potential for violence, do not be hesitant to call the District Police. We would rather respond and find the problem has subsided than to respond and find you've become a crime victim.

Working Late

  • If you must work late, ask if others also intend to work late. Find out where they will be working, their phone number, and arrange to leave together.

  • To maximize safety, you should use the buddy system when traveling throughout the building or schools, particularly through isolated areas or after hours.

  • Working in schools late at night, on weekends, and holidays is discouraged. If you must work at these times, ensure your safety by:

    • Making sure someone knows where you are going and when you expect to return

    • Keeping doors locked and lights on

    • Having someone else with you

    • Obtaining advance permission from your site administrator

    • Calling School Police Dispatch upon your arrival and departure at (909) 388-6130


More Safety Tips

  • Be courteous and alert - a criminal who thinks that he is being watched will be less likely to commit a crime

  • If you notice a suspicious person, take a good look at him/her - when you go into your office, call the School Police, don't just shrug off your suspicions

  • Pay particular attention to persons who don't appear to have specific business in an area and when approached state they're looking for somewhere to pay a bill, get a job, etc. This person could be a thief looking for a target. The highest risk time for this type of operation is shortly after opening, during lunch hours, and just before closing time.

  • Avoid the habit of leaving a purse or other valuables on the desk unattended or in an unsecured desk or filing cabinet. Don't carelessly hang a suit coat containing your wallet behind your desk chair or on a coat rack - it is a likely target for thieves

  • Don't leave valuables in your desk overnight such as rings, watches, money, pocket calculators, small radios, etc.


Be Alert For

  • Someone running from a car, room, or office

  • Someone screaming - if you cannot determine what the screams are, call School Police

  • Someone going room to room in the school or looking into windows and parked cars

  • A person who seems to have no purpose, wandering in the school or building

  • Any unusual or suspicious noise that you cannot explain, such as breaking glass or pounding

  • Vehicles moving slowly, without lights, or with no apparent destination

  • Property carried by someone on foot at an unusual hour or place, especially if the person is running

  • Property being removed from any District building

  • A stranger in a car stopping to beckon a child

  • A child resisting the advances of an adult


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