Palm Beach County School District
Jim Kelly, chief of the Palm Beach County (Fla.) School District Police Department, has spent many a sleepless night worrying about the children under his protection. “We’ve put forth a lot of effort to protect our airports and utilities, but comparatively little attention has been paid to protecting our most valuable — and vulnerable — assets, our elementary schools,” he says.
He turned to technology to get results. The school district is the nation’s 11th largest, with more than 185 facilities responsible for over 170,000 K-12 students, plus 21,000+ teachers and administrative staff. Sixteen departments help run the school and county government entities.
Symmetry Enterprise delivers enhanced security without adding headcount or disrupting the teaching environment. “The access control system functions like a transparent gatekeeper,” Plucinski says. “Just a few years ago, almost anyone could walk onto a public school campus. But all that has changed now, and access control technology helps us negotiate our access and safety priorities.”
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