The Secured Podcast: Season Two

The Dual Nature of AI: Good Intentions, Bad Outcomes?
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On this episode of the Secured Podcast, hosts Mike Matranga and Mike Monsive from ASAP Security Services delved into the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in enhancing security measures. Despite concerns, AI has revolutionized security protocols by enabling proactive responses to potential threats. Highlighting recent AI advancements such as Google Gemini and updated versions…

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In a recent episode of the Secured podcast hosted by Mike Matranga and Mike Monsive of ASAP Security Services, the tragic case of a transgender student named Nicks Benedict from Oklahoma grabbed national attention. Benedict, a 16-year-old who identified with he and they pronouns, died by suicide after a bullying incident at school. The…

Seeing Through the Smoke of School Safety Products
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In a recent episode of Secured, hosts Mike Matranga and Mike Monsive shed light on the inadequacies of certain security measures, particularly focusing on the flaws of silent panic alarms in educational institutions. Matranga expressed his dismay at the prevalence of unproven security products being promoted at various conferences and expos. He highlighted the push…

Enhancing Law Enforcement Training for K-12 Security Incidents
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In a recent discussion on Secured with hosts Mike Matranga and Mike Monsive, the conversation delved into the intricacies of school security measures and the necessity of prioritizing comprehensive safety protocols over singular technological solutions. Highlighting the case of Utah’s mandate for gun detection systems in schools, the hosts emphasized the importance of holistic…

Revisiting the Mesquite School Shooting: Debating Use of Force and De-escalation Tactics
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In the wake of a recent school shooting at Pioneer Technology and Arts Academy in Mesquite, Texas, the Secured podcast, hosted by Mike Matranga and Mike Monsive, CEOs of M6 Global Defense and ASAP Security respectively, delves into critical insights and solutions for school security. This incident underscores the pressing need for effective preventive…

Eradicating the School-to-Prison Pipeline
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Amidst mounting concerns over school safety, CEOs Mike Matranga of M6 Global Defense and Mike Monsive of ASAP Security engage in a gripping dialogue. Drawing from their extensive expertise, Matranga and Monsive shed light on the intricacies of ensuring security within educational settings. With the rise of incidents contributing to the school-to-prison pipeline, stakeholders are…

Soundbites from the Industry

Digital Defense: Addressing Cyber Threats in Education
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Amidst the digital transformation of education, cybersecurity has emerged as a critical concern for schools worldwide. With technological advancements flooding the educational space, institutions face the daunting task of balancing innovation with the protection of sensitive data and digital infrastructure. Cybersecurity in education extends beyond traditional measures to encompass the holistic well-being of students…

AI Revolution in School Safety
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Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the field of security, particularly in the realm of video analytics. Kevin Davis, J.D., CPP, Assistant Director of Public Safety, highlights the significant impact AI-driven video analytics is having on school safety and security. As schools face increasing security challenges and often have limited resources, AI-driven video analytics serve as…

Protecting Our Educators: The Impact of Burnout on School Security
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In a recent bonus segment of “Secured,” Ron Stefanski, host of the Disrupted podcast, shed light on a pressing issue in the education sector: the surge in burnout and turnover among teachers, especially in K-12 schools. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the burnout challenges faced by educators, with many reaching a breaking point and opting…

Securing School Campuses: Harnessing Innovative Technologies
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In the ever-evolving landscape of school security, Adam Coughran, President of Safe Kids Inc., emphasizes the importance of innovative technologies and strategies to safeguard students, teachers, and staff. From visitor management systems to advanced surveillance technology, educational institutions are continuously seeking new ways to enhance security measures and respond effectively to potential threats. One…

Secured Bites: Season Two

Innovations in School Safety: Navigating Complex Challenges
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In a recent episode of “Secured,” Federal Agent Shane Giblin and School Safety Director Jason Stoddard delved into the complexities of the school safety and security landscape. With years of experience between them, their insights shed light on the challenges and considerations facing educational institutions today. The Proliferation of Experts Agent Giblin highlighted the…

How Culture and Climate Shape School Security
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With increasing concerns over school safety, the discussion on creating a secure educational environment has never been more pertinent. As incidents of violence and security breaches rise, the need for a holistic approach to school safety becomes increasingly urgent. In this episode of “Secured,” Guy Bliesner, a distinguished school safety and security analyst at…

Enhancing School Safety with Integrated Security Solutions
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As the safety of educational institutions becomes an increasingly critical concern, the role of security cameras in schools takes center stage. This episode delves into the timely discussion of optimizing security camera placement to enhance school safety. With rising security threats in schools, including violence and unauthorized access, there’s a growing need to harness…

Protecting Schools in 2024: Cybersecurity, Technology, and Readiness
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In the rapidly evolving landscape of school security, 2024 has brought forth new challenges and opportunities. With the alarming statistic of eight school shootings recorded in January alone, educational institutions are grappling with a pressing concern: How can they adapt to safeguard sensitive data and digital infrastructure in this digital age? As technology continues…

Can A.I. Keep Us Safe Everywhere
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As concerns about school safety continue to dominate headlines, the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) for gun detection in educational institutions is gaining momentum. This discussion couldn’t be more timely, with schools grappling with the need for more proactive security measures. The use of AI gun detection technology, already prevalent in venues like airports…

The Secured Podcast: Season One

The Lifeline of Crisis Management: Effective Communication
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In an age where communication should be seamless, why is it that institutions, particularly in the realm of security, often choose silence as their response to crises? Join host Mike Matranga and special guest Anastasiya Bolton as they dissect the crucial importance of communication in security incidents, debunking the notion that less is more. The…

The Domino Effect: Capitol Security Disrupted by a Fire Alarm Pull
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In today’s world, security breaches have become all too common. The pressing question is whether these incidents are genuine accidents or convenient excuses. With the stakes higher than ever for security, it’s time to dissect this issue. Recent events demand accountability, and it’s a topic that can’t be brushed aside. Challenging the Narrative: Join hosts…

The Empty Mandate and Unfunded Promises of House Bill 3
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Hosted by Mike Matranga, CEO of M6 Global Defense, and co-hosted by Mike Monsive, CEO of ASAP Security, this episode peels back the layers of recent legislative actions in the realm of school security. Beyond the headlines and mandates, the hosts scrutinize the fine print, emphasizing the necessity of holistic planning and real funding. Key…

The Dark Side of School Funding: Where Does the Money Really Go?
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In an era where the safety of our educational institutions has never been more critical, the latest episode of SecurED dives headfirst into the imperative conversation surrounding school security. The pressing question at hand: Are quick fixes and high-tech solutions really the answer? With a surge in security spending, it’s time to take stock and…

Political Shenanigans: The Fire Alarm Prank and Its Consequences
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This episode of SecurED, scrutinizes the events surrounding Rep. Bowman’s actions, emphasizing the potential consequences of such actions in government buildings. The hosts analyze the impact on security protocols, the allocation of resources, and the perception of elected officials by the American public. Key Takeaways: Unintended Consequences: The incident’s ripple effect, from heightened security to…

Breaking the Stigma Behind Men's Mental Health
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This episode of SecurED, delves deep into the emotional toll experienced by individuals exposed to traumatic events, from law enforcement officers negotiating with shooters to reporters covering tragic stories. Anastasiya Bolton, a seasoned journalist, shares her insights on the lasting effects of such experiences and how addressing mental health is not a sign of weakness…

How School Security Bidding Falls Short
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In this episode of SecurED, Mike Monsive, CEO of ASAP Security, and Mike Matranga, CEO of M6 Global Defense, take a deep dive into the flaws in the legislative process and the repercussions these flaws have on school security. The Flawed Process: Monsive begins by highlighting the fundamental flaws in the legislative process, particularly in…

The Hidden Impact of Law Enforcement Stories of Survival and Recovery
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In this episode, SecurED host Mike Matranga and Mike Barry dive into a critical issue that demands immediate attention. The mental health challenges faced by law enforcement professionals are often concealed beneath the surface, but recent events and heightened awareness are bringing these struggles to the forefront. Why This Discussion Matters Now: The rising number…

The Economic Consequences of Bad Legislation
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In a candid and impassioned discussion, Mike Matranga, CEO of M6 Global Defense, and Mike Monsive, CEO of ASAP Security, delve into the deep-rooted issues plaguing American politics today. They explore instances of elected officials behaving with impunity, disregarding accountability, and reflect on the dire consequences of such actions. During their conversation, Matranga and Monsive…

The Lessons Learned from Covering Breaking News
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In this gripping episode of SecurED, host Mike Matranga delves into a profound conversation with Anastasiya Bolton, Founder of ViKSTORY Media. Together, they unearth the chilling patterns that underlie some of the most tragic events in recent history. The conversation starts with a haunting memory, the story of Natalie Holloway, a name etched into our…

Are School Boards Informed Enough to Make Security Choices
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In a shocking turn of events, a recent school security contract decision has left many scratching their heads. The core question here is clear: Did the school board prioritize the right factors in their selection process? Diving into this perplexing scenario, Mike Matranga and Mike Monsive provide eye-opening insights. Mike Matranga brings up a pivotal…

The Unspoken Traumas of Law Enforcement
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In the demanding realm of law enforcement, a stark reality often lurks behind the badge, one that goes unnoticed but leaves deep scars. Today, we dive into a powerful conversation with Mike Barry, a seasoned law enforcement specialist, shedding light on a pressing issue that has remained in the shadows for far too long –…

A Look Inside the Heart-Wrenching Baby Grace Investigation
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In a haunting story that tugged at the heartstrings of a nation, the tragic tale of Baby Grace unfolded on the shores of Galveston Bay in 2007. A fisherman’s discovery of a blue container along the shoreline would set off an investigation that would test the mettle of law enforcement and stir the empathy of…

Unraveling Procurement Problems: The State of Purchasing in Texas
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In the often perplexing world of Texas school procurement, a deeply concerning issue has emerged. At the heart of the procurement problems lies a critical question: How do consultants influence this intricate process, and what are the real financial implications? Mike Monsive, a seasoned expert in the field, has pulled back the curtain on…

The Real Cost of a Capitol Fire Alarm Prank
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In the latest episode of SecurED, the podcast committed to dissecting issues surrounding security and life safety, we divert momentarily from our usual focus on K-12 security to address a deeply concerning matter that transcends political divides. I’m your host, Mike Matranga, and joining me is Mike Monsive. Let’s clarify: SecurED is not a platform…

Breaking Stereotypes: The Geography of School Violence
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In this episode of SecurED, Mike Matranga, the Host and CEO of M6 Global Defense, engages in a thought-provoking discussion with Anastasiya Bolton, Founder and CEO of ViKSTORY Media. They delve into the human side of trauma, specifically addressing how individuals like themselves, who are exposed to the most harrowing events in their professions, cope…

The Hidden Side of Mental Health in Journalism and Law Enforcement
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In today’s fast-paced and often unforgiving world of journalism, one seldom hears the mental health stories behind the storytellers. The mental toll it takes to uncover and report on harrowing events is a subject rarely broached. But the latest episode of SecurED changes that. Host and CEO of M6 Global Defense, Mike Matranga, delves…

Arming Teachers: Navigating the Threats and Disadvantages
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In this no-nonsense segment of SecurED, host Mike Matranga engages in a frank conversation with Joe Morris, Owner of Condition 1 Combat Center. The discussion delves into a stark reality often overlooked: the fallacy that only a select few are capable of disarming individuals. Joe and the hosts dissect this notion, exploring the need…

Crunching Numbers: Funding the Texas House Bill 3 Mandate Amidst School Budget Strain
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As school safety remains a top concern, a critical discussion unfolds on the SecurED podcast. The episode features hosts Mike Matranga and Mike Monsive, along with guest Andrew Callis Jr., diving deep into the controversial topic of arming teachers in schools. With significant financial implications and profound ethical questions, this conversation couldn’t be more relevant…

Early Intervention: Addressing Rising Behavior Issues in Schools
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The debate over arming teachers in schools rages on, but the real issue at hand is the safety of our children. This episode of SecurED, hosted by Mike Matranga and Mike Monsive, features a candid conversation with Andrew Callis Jr. that delves into the heart of this contentious topic. With startling statistics on emergency…

Equipping Kids to Stand Against Bullying
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Bullying, an ever-present issue in schools, has found new avenues through social media. The emotional toll on kids and the lack of consequences for online actions are alarming. In this timely episode of SecurED, hosted by Mike Matranga, CEO of M6 Global Defense, we sit down with Joe Morris, owner of Condition 1 Combat Center….

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In the landscape of school security, the focus on response strategies and law enforcement presence has often overshadowed proactive measures. This engaging dialogue, hosted by Mike Matranga, CEO of M6 Global Defense, and featuring Marshall Caplan, Senior Security Consultant and former K-12 administrator, delves into the complexities and challenges of achieving comprehensive school safety. Main…

A Teacher's Journey Through Grief: Remembering the Santa Fe Shooting
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In the aftermath of the tragic Santa Fe shooting in 2018, where Flo Rice, a substitute teacher, survived the horrific event, the discussion about school safety has gained urgency. With increasing violence and divisive politics in society, the need for improved security measures in educational institutions is evident. Advocates, including Flo Rice, are pushing…

Examining the Pros and Cons of Armed Ride-Share Drivers
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Mike Matranga, CO of M6 Global Defense and host of the SecurED Podcast, and Mike Monsive, CEO of ASAP Security and co-host of the SecurED Podcast, discuss Black Wolf, distinguishing itself from Lyft and Uber by offering armed ride-share drivers. The idea presents pros and cons, especially considering drivers may have other jobs and liabilities….

Reflections on the Santa Fe High School Tragedy
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In this episode of SecurED, host Mike Matranga welcomes Scott Rice, the spouse of a survivor from the Santa Fe High School shooting, to share his remarkable story. Together, they explore the aftermath of the tragedy, the importance of advocacy, and the legislative efforts that have shaped school safety policies. From forgotten shootings to the…

From Tragedy to Prevention: Susan Payne's Journey with Safe2Tell
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In a recent episode of the “Secured Podcast,” host Mike Matranga welcomed Susan Payne, a renowned expert in K-12 security and the founder of Safe2Tell. With a background in law enforcement and extensive experience in school safety, Payne shared her insights on preventing tragedies and promoting early intervention in schools. Susan Payne’s impressive career…

Protecting the Future: Ensuring Safety Through Security Solutions
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In this timely episode of the SecurED Podcast, host Mike Matranga from M6 Global Defense engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Tracy “TK” Keele an independent consultant with M6 Global Defense and former chief of police for Clear Lake Shores. As recent tragic events highlight the need for improved safety measures in K-12 schools, the…

How Fewer SROs and Police Officers Impact K-12 Security Strategies
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In this episode, Mike Matranga discusses the current shortages of SROs faced by law enforcement agencies and schools in the United States. The conversation revolves around the proposed HB 13 legislation in Texas, responsible gun ownership, and the defunding of law enforcement. Mike Monsive, CEO of ASAP Security, provides valuable insights into the implications of…

What Do Educators Need to Know About Texas House Bill 13?
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In this episode of the SecurED Podcast, join host Mike Matranga from M6 Global Defense as he engages in a crucial discussion with Mike Monsive, CEO of ASAP Security Services, on Texas House Bill 13 and its implications for educators. The objective is to foster safer school environments. The conversation delves into the proposal…

Cannabis industry security measures vs School Measures
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In the latest episode of SecurED, host Mike Matranga engages in a thought-provoking discussion with Kevin Hill, a former police officer and security director, about the contrasting security regulations between the cannabis industry and the K-12 sector. This conversation uncovers the discrepancies and raises important questions about the prioritization of safety. Key Points Discussed: Cannabis…

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Welcome to another insightful episode of the SecurED Podcast. Today, we are honored to have Andrew Callis Jr., a former educator with 25 years of experience and a current member of M6 Global Defense, join us. Andrew brings a unique perspective as he transitioned from the field of education to the security space. Matranga starts…

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The SecurED podcast sets out to talk about all things security and privacy. Mike Matranga and Mike Monsive will discuss current events, legislation, and guide you through your critical security procedures. On this episode, Mike Matranga sits down with Mike Montsive to delve into topics such as integrating technology for a cohesive plan, training staff…

Secured Bites: Season One

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On a recent episode of the Secured Podcast, the hosts issued a bold challenge to the ballistic industry giants, including Armoured One. They invited industry leaders to their 11,000-acre Texas ranch, complete with a range and lodging, for a transparent, practical demonstration. The test will involve quarter-inch plate glass, like typical storefront windows, with…

Secure Schools Begin with Empowered & Trained Staff
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In a recent segment of SecurED, hosted by Mike Matranga, CEO of M6 Global Defense, and featuring Marshall Caplan, Senior Security Consultant at M6 Global Defense, the conversation delves extensively into the vital subject of school security. This engaging discussion centers on the reevaluation of priorities within the realm of school safety and security,…

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In a climate where school safety is a paramount concern, the latest episode of “SecurED” dives deep into the intricate web of challenges facing educational institutions. As the nation grapples with ensuring the security of its schools, this discussion couldn’t be more timely. The stakes are high, and the need for innovative solutions has never…

Strategies for Students and Educators to Confront Bullying
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In a thought-provoking episode of SecurED, hosted by Mike Matranga, CEO of M6 Global Defense, and featuring guest Joe Morris, owner of Condition 1 Combat Center, the conversation takes an important turn to how to confront bullying. While discussing school safety, the focus shifts from students to teachers and the critical need for emotional…

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Mike Matranga, host of the SecurED Podcast, sits down with his co-host Mike Monsive, to discuss a unique business concept that involves adding a law enforcement driver model to the complexity of ride sharing. While intrigued by the idea, he raises concerns about staffing challenges and potential pushback due to the presence of firearms….

Strengthening School Safety: Empowering Substitute Teachers for Emergencies
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The imperative to ensure school safety often takes a back seat to academic concerns, leaving substitute teachers unprepared for emergencies. The tragic events at Santa Fe shed light on the dire consequences of this oversight during lockdowns. Mike Matranga, CEO of M6 Global Defense Group, has spearheaded advocacy efforts for change, yet many school districts…

Exploring the Pros and Cons of a Law Enforcement Officer as Your Driver
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Mike Matranga and Mike Monsive discuss the challenges of making armed rideshare services like Black Wolf beneficial and cost-effective. They question whether passengers would be willing to pay higher fees for a law enforcement officer as your driver during a 30 or 45-minute ride. The conversation delves into hypothetical scenarios where an armed driver might…

Embracing Preparedness: Safeguarding Our Schools from Tragedy
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In a clip from a recent episode of SecurED, host Mike Matranga engages in a compelling conversation with Flo Rice, a survivor of the Santa Fe shooting and a former teacher. The dialogue revolves around a single, haunting question: What is the first step schools should take in safeguarding our schools for their students,…

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In a world where technology evolves at lightning speed, our schools grapple with the challenge of catching up. Andrew Callis Jr., an authority on cybersecurity, brings to the forefront a shocking revelation: schools have emerged as the bull’s-eye for cyber attacks. The disconcerting truth lies in the mismatch between the swift progress of technology…

As Ransomware Attacks Rise, How Should K-12 Schools Evaluate Network Security
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Chris Caruso, COO and CTO of M6 Global Defense, sheds light on the significance of network security in schools, considering the alarming rise in ransomware attacks targeting K-12 institutions nationwide. Protecting the network is crucial, and implementing key security measures doesn’t have to be expensive. Chris emphasizes the importance of authentication as the first…

Black Wolf: Examining the Pros and Cons of Armed Ride-Share Drivers
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Mike Matranga, CO of M6 Global Defense and host of the SecurED Podcast, and Mike Monsive, CEO of ASAP Security and co-host of the SecurED Podcast, discuss Black Wolf, distinguishing itself from Lyft and Uber by offering armed ride-share drivers. The idea presents pros and cons, especially considering drivers may have other jobs and liabilities….

School Districts Are Exploring Robot Surveillance on Campus But is This Realistic?
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Join Mike Matranga, host of the SecurED Podcast, as he delves into the use of robot surveillance on K-12 campuses. The question at hand is whether this technology is viable or merely hype. Mike shares his perspective, emphasizing the importance of focusing on foundational components and behavioral threat assessment in the school environment. From Mike’s…

Fostering a Safe School Environment Through Parent, Student, Teacher, and Community Engagement
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In the quest for a safe school environment, multiple stakeholders play a crucial role. This transcript explores the insights shared by Andrew Callis Jr, an expert from M6 Global Defense, shedding light on the responsibilities of parents, students, teachers, and community members. As schools strive to create a secure atmosphere, it is essential to…

From Presidents to Children: Why Behavioral Threat Assessment Matters
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In the ever-evolving landscape of security, one component remains crucial for protecting both the President of the United States and America’s children: behavioral threat assessment. Recent reports from the United States Secret Service reveal that identifying concerning behaviors is key to preventing attacks, with a clear pattern emerging across numerous incidents. This article dives…

Addressing the Concerns of Affordability in School Security
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In a timely discussion on school safety, host Mike Matranga engages with Susan Payne, School Safety & Prevention Expert and Founder of Safe2Tell, to tackle the common excuses of lack of funds and denial when it comes to implementing effective security measures in K-12 education. As the stakes for student safety continue to rise,…

What it Takes to be An Effective School Resource Officer
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In this bonus segment from SecurED, Brent Cooley dives into the intricate balancing act faced by School Resource Officers (SROs) as they navigate the dual responsibilities of law enforcement and the school environment. With a focus on experience, training, clear communication, credibility, trust, and risk reduction, Cooley sheds light on the essential factors that…

Examining City Budgets and the Ripple Effect of Officer Shortages
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Join Mike Matranga and Mike Monsive in this insightful segment from an upcoming episode of SecurED, as they engage in a discussion about the financial constraints that law enforcement agencies face, the impact of defunding calls, and the pressing need for support. They delve into the challenges of recruitment, respect, and resources while Mike Monsive,…

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On his final day on the presidential detail, the host of SecurED, Mike Matranga, was gifted a presidential coin as a token of gratitude. As a member of the presidential detail, Matranga served Barack Obama during his 2007-2008 campaign and transferred to his protective detail. On Obama’s final day in the White House, Matranga…