This week, two of our team members went to the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) break out sessions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
It is a very large gathering where resource officers and school security companies from all over the United States gather to showcase their products, and to discuss the best practices in school safety.
NASRO is an organization that is the world leader in policing school security. They understand the importance of getting officers and security software companies, like ours, all together to find the best security solutions for the various things facing our schools.
Our team has been there with a booth set up. They have been showcasing the product for multiple days. During those days, they were able to have direct interaction with law enforcement officers and get feedback on DIR-S. Through countless flyers and demos, DIR-S is gaining traction around the nation. They have found that DIR-S sells itself because of the unique solution it provides. We are very excited about every step we get to take in spreading the word about our DIR-S.
It is growing and, and word is spreading very quickly. We were recently ranked in the top ten school security software companies in the world by Market Reporter.
We are very excited about the continual growth that we are seeing in the company, and we are incredibly grateful to everyone who has helped us along the journey getting to where we are today.
Our products are under constant review, and we test extensively every product and update before we release them. We do this to ensure that when you download DIR-S on your organization’s computers and personal devices, it will work flawlessly. With school security systems like ours, it is imperative that they work well every single time because when it comes to a real emergency situation, there can be no technical difficulties. This is part of why we encourage schools to test so regularly with the DIR-S program so that their staff will all be very familiar with their school’s emergency protocols, and with the program. Schools that do this are able to address all types of emergency situations much quicker and more effectively than other schools that either do not have DIR-S or do not drill regularly.
Our philosophy when it comes to facing problems or challenges is to face them with determination and integrity. This has served us very well; it has helped us to develop a company and product that we are incredibly proud of.
We have regular meetings updating each other on the things we are working on. This combined with consistent and open communication has helped us to develop a company culture of openness and teamwork, and in such, maximize our effectiveness as a company and team.
On the wall in our office, we have a quote by Steve Jobs that says, “Some mistakes will be made along the way. That’s good. Because some decisions are being made along the way. We’ll find the mistakes. We’ll fix them.”
In any business situation, when decisions are being made, they might not always be the correct thing to do. It is important to have the courage and the discipline to recognize your mistakes, and immediately take the actions necessary to remedy them. It is also very important to make sure that whatever mistakes are made, we learn from them, and see them all as growing opportunities.
Mistakes are always opportunities to either become discouraged with our setbacks or to learn from our mistakes and be better from them. It all has to do with your outlook. If you face what life brings you with a strong conviction that if you are honestly working hard and doing your best, then you will make the right decision every time. Some of those decisions might lead to more difficult situations, but all of them will contribute to our overall growth.
To do list
· Develop school safety plans/protocols
· Conflict resolution
· Detention and arrests
· Searches of persons and property
· In-school law-enforcement education
· General school safety requirements
· Regular meetings
· Student rehabilitation help
· Crime investigation
· Crime prevention
· General law enforcement
That seems like quite the list of things to do doesn’t it? Welcome to the life of school resource officers (SRO).
Roughly 52% of schools in the United States have some form or another of school security presence. About 42% of US schools have an official school resource officer. Even at that, it is very rare to have more than one officer at the school full time. In more rural locations, it is common for one SRO to service the elementary school, middle school, and high school.
This is an enormous amount of responsibility placed on a relatively small number of officers. Thankfully, they do their jobs diligently, and often are able to make strong connections with troubled students, helping them stay out of spiraling cycles.
In schools that do not have an on-hand officer, the national average response time for police officers is ten minutes for emergency situations, and twenty minutes for non-emergency situations.
As is proven over and over, a lot can happen in just a matter of a few minutes.
The ability to respond directly, and efficiently, in any kind of emergency situation is imperative for any officer.
Not all emergencies will require the same kind of response actions. If there is a stranger wandering the halls of the school, and all that needs to happen is for the officer to know where they are and teachers to lock their rooms and continue teaching, this will be handled very differently than if there is a fight at lunch, or a fire because of a chemistry experiment gone wrong.
No matter the situation, the quicker school SROs are able to address the issue, the quicker it can be resolved, with less chance of the problem getting worse.
DIR-S was built with the absolute intention of allowing officers and faculty to communicate quickly and efficiently. To not only stop things that may be happening before they get worse, but also to get ahead of potential problems.
With the DIR-S program’s quick communication capabilities, officers and staff can be aware of any kind of situation in seconds. They can then take the necessary steps to resolve the issue, all while communicating throughout the duration of the situation to keep everyone supplied with what is happening. This way, if upon inspection, an already known situation escalates, faculty knows what is happening, and the SRO can tell them either to follow the emergency protocols already in place or to follow some other directions they might deem more pertinent given the situation.
One of the main frustrations that many school officers have is the fact that many schools either do not do as many drills as they are supposed to or they do not take them seriously because they do not feel like they are an effective use of their time.
When you examine how most drills in schools have gone in the past using traditional drill procedures, it is not hard to understand why teachers might feel that way.
Like any security system or protocol, practice and drilling is so important to ensure that everyone- students, faculty, and officers alike, know just what to do when faced with a real emergency situation.
Any time we meet with current customers or set up new locations with DIR-S, we stress the importance of drilling with the program to make sure that everyone is used to the program. Schools that take this to heart always have drastically quicker reaction times to emergency situations, and have much better opinions of the program.
We meet regularly with police stations and officers to talk about and get feedback for the DIR-S program. We understand the important job that it is playing in schools, and the need for everything that we do on our end with the program to be perfect.
The DIR-S program has proven itself to police officers time and time again. It takes an enormous amount of stress from their shoulders. They already have a huge load of responsibilities, and DIR-S is here to help relieve at least a portion of their load.
If there is a student unaccounted for, the necessary people can be alerted immediately, and can remain in discrete, but clear communication until they are found. If an evacuation alert is sent out, and the evacuation plan that certain classrooms might usually follow would lead them into more danger, through the DIR-S system, officers can quickly and discreetly notify them, and instruct them as to what course of action they should take that will keep them away from danger without causing added alarm to their students.
Let DIR-S cut that to do list down so your school resource officer can get down to focusing on the students and developing a relationship with the people they work with.
Tresit Group started as a consulting business where Cole Smith, and his co-founders sought merely to help schools develop and implement a more effective emergency protocols. They then developed the DIR-S (duress) software, which is constantly being updated and improved. For instance, we recently made the change from our in-house mapping system to a Google Maps integration. This will open up a huge amount of possibilities for the program being used in a wide variety of locations. Up until now DIR-S has mainly been used in schools and district facilities, but people need to be kept safe everywhere they go. The goal of Tresit Group evolved into offering effective safety software that can easily adapt to meet the needs of any facility that desires to improve its security.
As the DIR-S program becomes more and more adaptable for use in a wider range of places, we want to help people see different ways that they can get the program set up for their organization.
DIR-S software drastically decreases response time which increases reaction time, what normally takes a school 30 minutes with traditional emergency procedures is cut down to a matter of seconds. If an active shooter is on school property, the building is effectively locked down and the students are secured literally in seconds. Knowing this, it is immediately obvious that DIR-S is a good thing for any school. So what might hold them back from implementing Tresit Group’s safety software? The main problem with implementing any kind of program is having sufficient funds for financing a quality security system.
Hope does not need to be lost if the usual routes you might take to get funding do not have the necessary resources to make it happen. The primary goal of Tresit Group is to provide quality security programs for every school and organization who desires it.
When thinking of expenses we might run into on a daily basis, the price of the DIR-S system is affordable. Our approach is to make sure we can offer a great solution at a reasonable price, it becomes more than manageable, even in very small schools.
One Northern Utah school knew that they wanted the program, but simply did not have the resources necessary in their budget. This school reached out to local businesses in the community to explain what the program was, and how much they needed to implement it, and in short order, they had plenty of funds donated to get the program for the school.
If we consider what places other than schools might be able to do, there are plenty of options.
During the summer time, most counties in Utah have county fairs, and other celebrations. Usually local businesses have the chance to set up a booth or a food trailer to sell food or other goods.
Community fundraisers in newspapers are another viable option.
Businesses could also appeal to their employees to find a company-wide agreement as to how they might raise sufficient funds.
Breaking up the cost helps enormously and it isn’t surprising how willing people are to donate funds for improving security in a community. Safety is a high priority that many believe you can’t put a price tag on.
The Tresit Group goal is to modernize general security protocols and procedures. We have worked hard to develop a good system that can be adapted to a wide range of facilities. It is important to us that our product is priced competitively so that our users can afford it, and we can continue improving our software.
It is very exciting for us to help people and organizations to bring their security procedures into the 21st century. It is important for today’s schools and workplaces to have all of the necessary programs and systems to keep their employees and students safe.
Tresit Group, dedicated to quality and reliability, because when it comes to safety, only the best is good enough.
We are constantly working on developing new systems and updates to best serve our customers who trust our services with their information. We feel the great responsibility of the amount of trust that is placed on us, and we work hard every single day to make our clients glad that they use our services when it matters most.
We can all think back on our school days and remember fire drills, earthquake drills, and increasingly more as time and situations continue, and knowing that more often than not, that meant classes were interrupted for at least the rest of that class period. With the DIR-S system, schools are able to drill for any kind of emergency in a fraction of the time that it would have taken with the traditional methods. Their drills are much more effective, because DIR-S allows you to drill scenarios and procedures that are much more like what they might be expected to do in the event of an actual school emergency. All schools have evacuation plans for each classroom, but what if following the evacuation plan might actually put certain classrooms at risk because it takes them toward the threat without them even knowing. With DIR-S, teachers are able to communicate and get real time updates on the situation, and what areas might be the most dangerous. This allows them to adapt their evacuation plan, increasing the safety of the students who are under their care. This takes evacuation plans from being a just a laminated paper up on the wall, to a modern and effective system bringing the best results in any kind of situation.
Teachers in schools with DIR-S have much more reason to take the drill seriously because they are experiencing more of what they will be expected to do in an emergency situation. They already have a large amount of material that they are expected to teach to their students, and long, drawn out drills can be very tiresome to them, especially if they do not feel that the drills are effectively preparing them and their students for a real emergency situation. Schools are legally required to drill for emergencies multiple times a year. With DIR-S they can do so in a way that doesn’t waste time, and better prepares both the school faculty and students.
Not all emergency situations that might arise in a school are as drastic as something like a fire, earthquake, or even a shooter. Since the DIR-S system has been implemented in hundreds of schools, the program is used in live incidents weekly. Having a system in place that can effectively prepare both teachers and students for all types of emergencies is invaluable for when it is time for them to use what they have learned during drills in a real situation.
Tresit Group is in a rapid state of growth, and our dedicated team are working tirelessly to both meet the needs that come with the growth and to capitalize on our growth and use it to branch out into new areas. We are now bringing our services into more commercial areas. There is a large facility in Layton, Utah that will soon be outfitted with DIR-S software, and a Northern Utah city government building that will also be outfitted with our program within the coming weeks. As we adapt our software to ever increasing numbers and types of locations, we are seeing just how versatile it can be and how many different places can benefit from it.
Mankind has been innovating and adapting for longer than recorded history can even document. Tresit Group is on the forefront of finding and developing ways to meet the needs of modern schools. Not only is Tresit Group’s team comprised of security, business and IT experts, but most of them are also parents, and every parent wants to know that their children are safe in school. Tresit Group works to keep not only our own kids safe in school, but everyone else’s too.