Securing Our Schools: Threat Assessments, Access Control, and Analytics

March 26, 2024
Michelle Dawn Mooney


In this episode of School Safety Today by Raptor Technologies, Michelle Dawn Mooney sat down with Bruce Canal, Executive Lead for K-12 / Higher Education at Genetec, Inc. During the conversation, they focused on several critical aspects of enhancing safety in educational environments, including threat Assessments, access Control, and analytics.

Key Takeaways:

• The formation and importance of Threat Assessment teams

• The role of analytics and AI in school safety

• The significance of access control and school security culture

Bruce A. Canal, CPP, has been in the school security environment for over 25 years, most of which as an end user. He is the Executive Lead for K-12 / Higher Education at Genetec, Inc. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing and driving business strategy for the education vertical, driving brand awareness, and cultivating partnership and end-user relationships. As a subject matter expert in education, he is involved in many education-related initiatives. Bruce is the former director of physical security for the 8th largest school district in the United States, Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, FL. His first career was serving as an officer for the Indiana State Police before accepting his first school director assignment. He is accredited by ASIS International as a Certified Protection Professional and is an active member of the “School Safety and Security” community. Bruce also sits on the ASIS Foundation Scholarship Committee, is a technology committee member of the Partnership Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS K-12), sits on the board of Zero Now for higher education, and is an active member of the National School Resource Officers Association. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.

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