The LPS Dispatch Center serves as the after-hours point of contact for the entire district.
The Littleton Public Schools Security Department monitors and maintains the security systems. This includes the access control, closed circuit television systems (CCTV) and various intruder detection systems. The security components are fully integrated at each school. All of the schools’ systems comprise a seamless, districtwide networked security management system that is monitored twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week by District Security Officers (DSO) at the district’s Education Services Center (ESC) security office.
The most visible security equipment at the schools is the proximity card readers at designated entrances and the security cameras on the exterior of the building. Proximity card readers provide accountability for who is coming into the building. CCTV cameras are a useful crime deterrent, and, by working in conjunction with the access controls system, the cameras provide accountability for access during both regular business hours and outside of business hours (nights and weekends). The cameras also provide surveillance of the school grounds.
In addition to providing detection of unauthorized entries into the schools, the security system addresses key control, vandalism, and emergency planning issues. This provides LPS with documentation on who accesses the schools and when they are accessed. Exterior cameras and detection devices provide prevention, notification, and documentation of vandal-related incidents. The security system also helps in planning and preparing for emergencies by allowing the school to be locked down from the school's main office or from the ESC security office, and it provides camera views of the exterior during a lock-down situation.
The security system’s tracking, reporting, and camera-monitoring features give the district the ability to know what is happening around and in a school at any time, providing constant security awareness. The security system has been engineered to provide for future expansion as the needs of each school evolve.
In addition to monitoring the security system, the District Security Department also monitors the Fire and HVAC controls for the entire district. The District Security Officers assist and communicate with appropriate parties.
LPS Security's goal is to respond efficiently to all types of emergencies. A patrol is available 24/7. District Security Officers patrol and check the grounds for suspicious activities and safety concerns. District Security Officers also work very closely with law enforcement in school-related responses. The patrol team also has the ability to monitor the entire district security system from any remote location with the proper wireless and/or hard Internet connection. This capability is invaluable in large school-based and/or community emergencies.