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IN THE NEWS: School safety national issue following fatal shootings
Several recent public school shootings in the U.S. have bolstered a number of schools to conduct searches, drills and other safety precautions.
IN THE NEWS: School safety national issue following fatal shootings
Several recent public school shootings in the U.S. have bolstered a number of schools to conduct searches, drills and other safety precautions.

EXPERT OPINION: Lantz Biles, chief of police and director of Public Safety at Austin Peay State University, said many public schools are not built under principles known as crime prevention through environmental design. The premise is that proper design and effective use of the physical environment can help reduce the possibility of crime and improve the quality of life for students and teachers.

“Some school systems are adopting board policies under this principle and requiring site plan reviews with crime prevention in mind,” Biles said. “School officials are beginning to work closely with their employees as well as planners, architects and city officials to ensure the proper design of schools.”

Biles is knowledgeable in self-defense training, crime prevention, criminology, law enforcement, police management and public administration.

For further comments or information, contact Biles by telephone at (931) 221-7707 or by e-mail at bilesl@apsu.edu.

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