- School Safety: Helping school administrators get control of school safety and emergency preparedness planning in their schools and school-community
- School safety issues during highly emotional and / or political circumstances
- Managing Bullying
- Security with prevention and intervention
- School emergency and crisis plans
Kenneth S. Trump, M.P.A., on School Safety and Security, specializing in school security and emergency preparedness training, school security assessments, school emergency planning consultations, and related school safety and crisis consulting services.
Ken is one of the nation’s leading school safety experts and has many years of front-line public and private urban, suburban, and rural school security experience working with school and safety officials.
Ken served as founder and supervisor of the nationally-recognized Youth Gang Unit for the school safety division of City Schools, and as a suburban school security director. He also served as assistant director of a federal funded anti-gang task force for three suburbs.
Articles on school security and crisis issues.
His book, Classroom Killers? Hallway Hostages? How Schools Can Prevent and Manage School Crises.
Ken’s school safety leadership includes:
Four-time invited United States Congressional witness, providing school safety testimony to the House and Senate:
House Education and Labor Committee Joint Subcommittee hearing on strengthening federal school safety.
House Homeland Security Committee hearing on school emergency readiness.
House Education and Labor Committee hearing on school security issues.
Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee school safety hearing.
Invited expert witness providing testimony on the federal role in local school bullying at a hearing of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Invited expert panelist for Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay’s tele-townhall meeting on bullying.
Invited by the U.S. State Department to provide a briefing to teachers, school officials and community partners in Israel on school safety, school violence prevention, school security and school emergency preparedness as coordinated by the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.
Expert testimony provided to the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Task Force on School and Campus Safety.
Invited attendee at the White House Conference on School Safety led by the President, First Lady, Attorney General, and Secretary of Education.
Chaired the Prevention Committee and served as Executive Board member for the Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative project for the Office of the United States Attorney, one of six cities chosen by the U.S. Attorney General to receive $2.5 million to address gangs.
Ken is one of the most widely quoted national expert consultants on school security and crisis issues. He has been interviewed by all network and cable news outlets, daily print newspapers, and radio stations nationwide.
Practical School Safety Experience and Educational Credentials
In addition to his extensive consulting experience, Ken served over seven years with the Division of Safety and Security for Public Schools, the last three as founding supervisor of its school Youth Gang Unit. Under Ken’s direction, the school gang unit reduced school gang crimes and disruptions by over 39% in three years.
Ken then served as assistant director of a federal-funded gang project in three suburbs, where he was also director of security for the ninth largest public school system.
He works with school, law enforcement and other public safety officials, parents and students from all 50 states and in Canada.
Ken also worked in the Emergency Control Center of the U.S. Federal Protective Service’s federal office building. His responsibilities included Control Center operations of the District Emergency Control Center with duties including assignment of federal police and contract security officers, implementing emergency plans for federal property sites, and serving as liaison with local and federal emergency service agencies. In this capacity he received ongoing training related to physical security, terrorism and related issues.
Ken has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Service (Criminal Justice concentration) and a Master of Public Administration degree. He has received special certification in School Safety Leadership from the National School Safety Center, and also for completing the Advanced Physical Security Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
Ken also received specialized training on suicide bombers and terrorism by an Israeli expert who served in the Israel Defense Forces, as a special agent and head of the executive protection for Israeli prime ministers, and as head instructor in the Israeli General Security Services agency.
Ken has received extensive specialized training in gang prevention, intervention, and enforcement; terrorism and homeland security; physical security; school safety and emergency management; and associated topics.
Books by Kenneth S. Trump
- Practical School Security: Basic Guidelines for Safe and Secure Schools
- Proactive School Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning
- Classroom Killers? Hallway Hostages? How Schools Can Prevent and Manage School Crises