National Safety Security
Protection Association

We are a  501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission to keep our nation’s K-12 schools safe by providing education, information, research, accreditation, and guidance  to our communities. The NSSPA utilizes a diverse group of experts and professionals from across the nation to help the public prevent, mitigate, prepare, and respond to, and recover from emergencies primarily in a K-12 environment.

According to 2016 data, there are 131,390 private and public schools in the United States, with 56 million students and 8 million staff members. 
The NSSPA is here for each and every one of you.

Our Membership

Diverse Professionals

NSSPA members come from diverse professional backgrounds including Education, Law Enforcement, Architecture, Engineering, Facilities, Federal Government, Military, Mental Health, Fire/EMS, and the Private Sector. Our experience covers all threats of harm in the K-12 setting. All of our members are 100% volunteer. 

Committment to Education

We offer various events that help educate and inform the user regarding safety & security in our schools.  We are here to help you navigate through the sometime muddy waters of safety & security in the K-12 environment. 

Evidence-Based Solutions

The NSSPA relies heavily on data and the history of school violence. Because of the lack of unified codes and standards for K-12 security, we study, examine, and analyze past incidents. 

Not Influenced by Corporate Decision Makers

We do not accept corporate donations at the NSSPA. Our goal is to stay neutral and free from influence by companies and special interest groups. 

Definitions

Safety

Protecting from unintentional or accidental damage, loss, injury, or death. Typically unplanned acts. 

Security

Protecting from intentional and/or man-made damage, loss, injury, or death. Typically planned and deliberate acts. 

Active Shooter

An individual active engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. 

School Shooting

Any time a gun is fired on school grounds, involving a school bus, during a school event, during school hours, or right before or after school. 

Life Openings

Life Opening

Military and police refer to doorways as fatal funnels because you can easily be killed entering through one. The NSSPA has renamed the Fatal Funnel to a Life Opening since that same doorway can save lives.

In addition to the door, the Life Opening includes the handle, lock, hinges, frame, glass/vision lite, and any adjacent glass. The reason for this is that active shooters have not only shot the door or door glass but they have also broken the side lites to gain entry to a room or building.

In The News

The Construction Specifier Article (Construction Specifications Institute): Failures: Mitigating active shooter attacks
Security products that help prevent, deter, and protect against an active shooter are always evolving, but the way in which they are tested tends to fall behind. Continue Reading

Campus Safety Article: 7 Times ‘See Something, Say Something’ Stopped Potential Tragedies in 2021
A recent analysis of disrupted plots to commit acts of violence in schools found 94% of students shared their plans with someone, and nearly half documented their ideas in writing or online. Continue Reading

Following the attack on the Capital Building on January 6th, 2021, we have received many inquires about the effectiveness of window film in preventing, deterring, or slowing down an attack. In a brief video shot on the exterior of the building,  an individual gains quick access through a window containing safety film by using a riot shield to attack the opening. Understanding the difference between safety window film and security window film is the key. 

Safety Film:
1. Provides for the reduction of risk or the occurrence of injury, loss, or death from accidental or natural causes.
2. Is designed to protect people from flying shards of glass if the glass is broken
3. Is not designed to withstand an attacker with a firearm. 

Security Film:
1. Provides for the reduction of risk or the occurrence of injury, loss, or death from the intentional actions of man.
2. Is designed for anti-intrusion and will substantially delay and/or prevent an intruder from entering. 
3. Will give more time for people inside to get to safety and for emergency response teams to arrive. 
4. Is tested to much higher standards than safety film. 

Recommendation: Shooter Attack Film or Glass
The Shooter Attack Test method was created by Subject Matter Experts in active shooter, physical security, and counter-terrorism that are former military, special forces, SWAT, and Federal law enforcement.  The Shooter Attack Test method is the only test on the market that combines shooting specimens and then attacking them with a repeatable and measurable amount of force. The door and hardware industry has utilized battering rams to measure the amount of force a door and hardware can withstand in their Attack Resistant Certifications. The Shooter Attack Test has now added shooting the specimen before it is hit with a battering ram.