The HERO Program’s Perspective on the Evolution of School Safety

September 22, 2023
Adam Coughran


In recent years, with a significant uptick in school-related incidents, the conversation surrounding safety protocols within educational institutions has surged. Since Columbine, there have been 304 fatal school shootings. This trend demands a pivotal question: How are we equipping our students and educators to face these imminent threats, and is there a more effective way to communicate school safety procedures tailored for children?

On this episode of Icom, host Jon Paul Beauchamp engages with Adam Coughran, President of Safe Kids Inc. and the Hero Program. They delve deep into understanding the foundation of school safety, focusing on Adam’s vast experience in law enforcement and the creation of a child-friendly protocol to navigate threatening situations.

During their insightful conversation, the following topics were highlighted:

  • Adam’s Transition from Law Enforcement to active shooter response
  • Genesis of Safe Kids Inc. and the birth of the HERO program was aimed at filling this critical gap.
  • The HERO Program Explained: A brief overview of what HERO stands for in various age groups

With two decades in law enforcement in Southern California, Adam Coughran has worked on everything from active shooter response teams to domestic counterterrorism, policy procedures, and safety training. His unique experience in ensuring safety in high tourism areas coupled with his passion for teaching, led him to address a glaring gap in the current educational system: appropriate safety education for kids.

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