School Safety Operations
Plan and Prepare Now -
Survive for Tomorrow
School Emergency Management
with a Practical Approach
Each school day more than one-fifth of the US population is at a school. No other American Institution holds this type of captive population -- our schools should be the safest environment when a natural or man-made disaster occurs.
No emergency plan will help a school administrator unless faculty and staff understand the plan, practice the plan, and are
able to effectively and naturally process the plan in
an emergency situation.
Let's work together to ensure your schools, administrators, faculty and campuses are both compliant and thoroughly prepared for the inevitable.
Contact our experts today for a free consultation. 775-233-8317
Standarize Your Plans
Effective emergency management saves lives. We owe it to our students, staff members, and parents to utilize effective and realistic infrastructure target hardening coupled with proactive emergency management and training programs to ensure a safe school culture and climate.
School emergency plans must be standardized, address all man-made and natural hazards; plan for Continuity of Operations post-incident; and cover the five Mission Areas of emergency management outlined in our National Preparedness Goals, (Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery). Plans must also be based on an assessment of hazards and vulnerabilities a school district faces. Compliance with laws and recommended best practices in school safety are based on these principals.
Did you know that school employees are recognized as disaster service workers under certain circumstances? Failure to properly train and prepare faculty and staff may result in civil litigation, including monetary judgments, against the school district and administrators personally.
School Safety Operations is a dedicated team of school safety and tactical law enforcement professionals with over 200 collective years experience.
We combine state-of-the-art intelligence, tactical knowledge and survival experience with proven school emergency management expertise to safeguard students and faculty on campuses across the country.
Is your school compliant with current federal and state school safety laws? Have you made your campuses and staff as prepared as they can be?
Contact our experts today for a free consultation. Let's work together to ensure your schools, administrators, faculty and campuses are both compliant and thoroughly prepared for the inevitable.
We have put together a team of individuals that collectively have over 250 years of tactical, medical, and investigative experience in law enforcement or fire services. Our dedication to preparing schools to be safe during times of crisis brought us together to create the training and education we offer through School Safety Operations Inc.
Jeff retired at the rank of sergeant from the Reno, NV. Police Department in September of 2006 after 24 years of service. He was a street supervisor during the Pine Middle School shootings in Reno on March 14, 2006 and has debriefed with law enforcement and school safety professionals on multiple incidents of school violence in the United States and Canada. Jeff’s law enforcement career includes fourteen years in undercover and tactical operations.
Jeff served as the Director of Security and Safety for the Desert Sands Unified School District in La Quinta, California from May of 2008 until retiring from that position in October of 2016. He continues to provide emergency management planning and training services to school districts internationally in his role with School Safety Operations Inc. and his training institute the International School Safety Institute.
Jeff co-authored the #1 reference book for school safety planning, School Emergency Management, A Practical Approach To Implementation and the soon to be released reference book, Stemming the Tide of School Violence, In A Realistic Manner. He is also the author of the true-crime novel Beware of the Cable Guy – From Cop to Serial Killer, and the fiction novel, Two Faces Have I.
Bruce served as a supervisor for the US State Department, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement since 2011. He served as a liaison with domestic and foreign governments, consulting for law enforcement and community development programs at the Kurdistan Ministry of Interior in Iraq and the Beirut Police Services Division in Beirut, Lebanon. Bruce has authored numerous training protocols for law enforcement development as well as critical incident management both in the United States and on foreign soil.
Bruce retired from the Reno, NV Police Department as a Lieutenant in 2011 after 21 years of service. He has participated in and managed multi-jurisdictional federal, state and local law enforcement units and completed both the Senior Management Institute curriculum for police and training with the Department of Homeland Security.
In addition to his invaluable participation with School Safety Ops, Inc., Bruce is also the owner and President of Kirby Consulting International, LLC.
Curtiss has been with the School Safety Operations Inc. team since 2015. He is a retired career law enforcement officer with thirty-one years in his field. He started with the Los Angeles Police Department in the early 1980’s and then spent over twenty years with the Reno NV. Police Department, retiring as a Detective. While at Reno, he worked the Repeat Offender Program for over a decade, and was a detective assigned to track down and arrest sex offenders in the greater Reno area. For his last eight years, he served as the Undersheriff for a rural Nevada agency where mining and cattle were the main stays of the economy.
Curtiss is currently a licensed Nevada Private Investigator and the President of Silver State Investigations in Winnemucca, NV. One of his roles with School Safety Operations Inc. is to assist school districts with non-criminal investigations within the district’s jurisdiction upon request for these services.
Blake has 40 years experience in emergency and fire-prevention management, having served as Fire Chief in Palm Springs, CA.
He has been the Incident Commander at hundreds of emergency incidents, including numerous large-scale multi-agency fires. Blake was responsible for coordinating local response units and recovery for six Presidential Disaster Declarations.
In addition to Blake’s work with School Safety Operations, he also owns and operates Cornerstone Emergency Management, specializing in seismic warning systems for schools.
Blake is co-author of School Emergency Management, A Practical Approach To Implementation (see more).
Angela is the School Safety Operations Project Analyst. Ms. Jordan is responsible for all organizational facets of School Safety Operations Inc. projects, including final formatting of all written documents, tracking progress of projects, certification of all attendees to training, and other logistical duties related to projects. Angela joined the School Safety Operations Inc. team in 2015 after completing 25 years in both the private and public business sectors She brings with her a wealth of organizational and computer skills that have proven to be an asset to School Safety Operations Inc. school safety projects.
To provide school officials with state-of-the-art analysis, training and guidance to maximize school safety and safe-school culture/climate, while ensuring compliance with Federal and State school safety laws.
Jeff Kaye opened School Safety Operations Inc. in 2011 in response to the identified need for school districts to become compliant with statutes, guidelines, and recommended best practices in school safety and emergency management in order to address todays threat levels from manmade and natural hazards. Jeff served twenty-five years in law enforcement and eight years in educational safety prior to opening the company, so he knew the only way to keep schools safe was through proper planning and training in emergency response procedures.
The School Safety Operations Inc. consulting team has been providing emergency response planning, training, and facility Hazard and Vulnerability Assessments to school districts throughout the United States and Canada since beginning operation in 2011. The team has since branched out into the private and tourist industries for emergency management and safety training under their D4 Training Program to address Active Assailant response and immediate tactical first aid care. Each consultant used by School Safety Operations Inc. has a minimum of twenty years of experience in law enforcement or fire services, combined in addition to their experience in school emergency management. This unique blend of experience gives them an realistic understanding of how to practically approach emergency response and safety training in schools. This is especially important in training to address today’s threat of an Active Assailant incident at a school.
Jeff Kaye is a founding member of the International School Safety Institute, which has been providing training to school administrators and law enforcement professionals in all areas related to safe school culture and climate since 2013. His reference book, “SCHOOL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, A Practical Approach To Implementation” is considered a must read for anyone involved in school safety or emergency response.
Merging the skill sets of tactically experienced emergency response professionals with a background in school safety to provide school districts elevated awareness of positive school culture and climate, effective school safety training, and school emergency management programs that will make schools safe while protecting districts from liability issues related to non-compliance.
Training curriculum is tailored to address the needs of individual school districts to include upper level administration, emergency responders, and parents who might be effected by a school emergency incident.
Scope of Our Program
Our umbrella of safety includes three entities: School Safety Operations; D4 Training; and our International School Safety Institute which hosts a globally recognized consortium including the industry's most credible trainers.
Counting down to the 2017 International School Safety Institute Conference
Prepare now for a safer tomorrow.
"Bridging vulnerability gaps in school safety saves lives. The invaluable training from these safety professionals is the catalyst every school official needs to stay on the leading edge of school safety and risk/liability mitigation."
Dr. Newton Howard
- Professor, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology
- Fmr. Senior Research Professor, Cyber Security Policy Research Institute
- Director, Center for Advanced
Prevention & Emergency Management
Violence Threat Risk Assessment & School-Based Trauma Response
State-of-the-Art Violence Prevention
& Digital Data Mining
Terrorism & Domestic Extremists
New threats to school safety and how to minimize risk
Bullying Behavioral Trends
How to leverage the value of a positive social emotional school climate for enhanced school safety and student well-being
What do schools & administrators risk in civil liability when they are not-compliant with federal and state planning and emergency response requirements
Federal and State Requirements
What are the current requirements for planning and emergency response?
Annual International School Safety Institute Conference
October 11-13, 2017
Bonus Top Gun Competition
Hilton Garden Inn
Carlsbad Beach, California
2 miles from the restaurants and shops in
Carlsbad Village and 1.5 miles to Lego-land
This symposium takes a realistic and results-driven approach to school emergency management, providing school safety officials the most current, compelling and results-driven resources.
Registration, Speakers and Exhibit Opportunities
Tactical Response Training for schools, hospitals, businesses, and places of worship
Detect: Hazard and Vulnerability Assessment
Identifying your vulnerabilities - early threat identification programs - interpretation of violent body language
Deter: Infrastructure Target Hardening
Proactive training programs & emergency operation plans
Delay: Maximizing Survival
Practical application of training, use of door and window security enhancements, locking down into safe rooms, moving away from the threat, and biding time while police are responding
Defeat: Protecting the Vulnerable
Running to safety if possible, fighting back and overcoming the threat as a last resort, survival mindset
We have put together a group of services that cover the range of
possible risk when managing the safety of your students,
faculty and infrastructure.
Presentations are available on any area of school emergency
response and preparedness.
Building and Infrastructure
Compliance - Federal and State
Post 9/11 Preparedness
Hazard and vulnerability assessments for infrastructure target hardening of facilities.
Now using drone photography by FAA licensed pilots.
Review of existing emergency plans for compliance to federal and state guidelines.
Violent threat risk assessment
Individual Staff Training
Planning = Survival
Identifying and supporting
teens at risk
Training in all areas of school emergency management and response, including Incident Command System for Schools and School Active Assailant Response
Creation of standardized all-hazards emergency operations plans with annexes to address high threats
Teen drug and alcohol addiction training
" Effective school emergency management will save lives in emergencies and incidents of violence in schools. This book tells how to get it done, practically and effectively. "
John Callery, U.S. Federal Agent and Counter Terrorism Expert
"You hold in your hands the finest available guideline, written by the most eminently qualified individuals, uniquely designed to help schools keep our precious children safe. "
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman (Ret.), Author and International Expert on School Violence
" Bridging vulnerability gaps in school safety saves lives. The invaluable training from these safety professionals is the catalyst every school official needs to stay on the leading edge of school safety and risk/liability mitigation."
Dr. Newton Howard, Professor MIT, Sr. Research Professor, Cyber Security Policy Research Institute
School Safety Operations is a dedicated team of school safety and tactical law enforcement professionals with over 100 collective years experience. Let's work together to ensure your schools, administrators, faculty and campuses are both compliant and thoroughly prepared for the inevitable.