Security and Emergency Planning

Overview of LPS Security

Dispatch Center

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.

Patrol

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.

Contact Us

24 Hours a Day 
7 Days a Week
CALL: 303-347-3420
FAX: 303-347-3454

Director of Security & Emergency Preparedness
Guy Grace 303-347-3416 ggrace[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us
Security Facilitator
Becky Niles 303-347-3420 bniles[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us
 

Safety and Security are the highest priorities in our schools

Please know that the safety of the students in our care is of the utmost importance. While it is impossible to guarantee that dangerous situations will never happen in and around our schools, we take far-reaching preventive measures. 

The most important thing we can do is be aware of who is in and around our schools.

  1. It has been standard practice to require visitors to check in at the main office and receive a visitor’s badge. We are asking all school personnel to make sure this is a priority.
  2. We stress to employees the importance of stopping individuals they do not know. Students, especially older ones, are asked to report any unidentified individuals to a teacher or other school official right away.
  3. We are also taking extra care to keep non-essential doors locked. Our high schools have multiple entrances, but we are restricting access at each high school.
  4. You as parents and neighbors of our schools can be very helpful by being aware of what is going on in and around the building and reporting unusual activity.
  5. Local law enforcement and district security officials are increasing their presence around our schools.

Littleton Public Schools has placed a priority on safety and security measures for many years.

  1. Our district security system is currently one of the most advanced systems used in any school district in the nation. 
  2. We work closely with local law enforcement through the preparation of and drilling for various emergency responses and through our school resource officers to help keep our schools safe learning environments for our students.
  3. The November 2013 issue of Security Magazine ranked LPS as the 7th best school district in the nation for security protocols.

It cannot be stressed enough how seriously we take these issues. We are parents, as well, and we hope this information assures you that not only do we share your concerns, but that we are looking for ways to tighten the sound security measures we already have in place. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns.

 

Emergency Planning

  • All schools have implemented National Incident Command System within their emergency response teams.
  • All LPS schools have partnered with Red Cross and are certified members of the Ready Rating program.
  • All LPS Schools are in the process of being equipped with automated external defibrillators. Each school has CPR, First Aid, and AED trained staff members assigned to the Incident Command Teams.
  • LPS Security and Emergency Planning is a proud team member of the FBI Infragard program, leading the Educational Sector.
  • District Emergency Operations Center is established and equipped with dedicated phone lines, IP and other cyber emergency tools.
  • The LPS Security System also has many Emergency Planning related response capabilities.
  • LPS mandates that all school Incident Command Teams conduct at least two annual table top emergency response simulations.
  • District Emergency Planning Committee is in place and meets monthly (members include law enforcement and fire department representatives).
  • All Security Employees are CERT trained.
  • LPS has full radio communication interoperability with all area first responders.
  • Continue to meet with emergency responders.
  • School-level emergency response plans will be revised/updated when necessary to be consistent with the National Incident Command System and the Red Cross Ready Rating Program.
  • LPS allows first responders to train regularly in LPS schools preparing for emergencies.
  • Emergency Procedures Handbook has been printed in an easy-to-read, flip chart format and distributed to each classroom. 
  • The Arapahoe County Sheriff, Littleton Fire Department, Littleton Police Department, Red Cross, Tri County Health and other emergency responders have been given the district’s "Emergency Management Plan" and complete virtual floor plans of all district buildings. Plans are updated every semester. 
  • LPS has signed mutual agreements with other emergency response partners.
  • Security and emergency planning improvements are budgeted for annually.
  • Identified, numbered, and catalogued all windows, doors, and maintenance areas allowing ingress/egress to facilities district wide.
  • LPS will continue to update, evolve, and improve as needed.

Security

Guy Grace
Director of Security & Emergency Preparedness
303-347-3416
Becky Niles
Security Facilitator
303-347-3420

 

 

LPS consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation in school security

Littleton Public Schools is consistently ranked as one of the best school districts in the country by Security Magazine for safety and security protocols.