School leaders are confronted by a bewildering array of security solutions. Many of these have not been tested for their effectiveness.

Yet, these leaders are asked to make important, immediate decisions to meet public demand that they address safety concerns. Much more evidence is needed to provide school leaders with the expertise to discern which of the numerous available applications, technologies, and physical security barriers will provide effective safety solutions.

The Center for Safe and Healthy Schools at Johns Hopkins University produces innovative, evidence-based research that can be used to determine school needs and the efficacy of school safety technology and personnel.

CSHS research connects the role of school safety technology, physical barriers, school resource officers, and relationships with local police departments to a school’s ability to create safe and healthy learning environments.