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Brian Katz most recently served as the Chief Safety and Security Officer for the Broward County Public School District, the nation’s 6th largest school district. Mr. Katz has provided security consulting and support for Fortune 500 companies and other unique clients.
Mr. Katz has over 20-years of public and private sector experience in the fields of physical security, investigations and executive protection. As Director of Personnel Protective Services at Google, Mr. Katz built Google’s Global Security Investigations and intelligence teams from a single person to an industry leading strategic global organization. Mr. Katz designed and developed the company’s Executive Protection Group, Intelligence Group and the Global Security Operations Center to respond to emergent threats worldwide and managed the company’s Aviation program.
Mr. Katz began his career contracting for the U.S. Government conducting Security and Suitability Investigations for National Security and Public Trust Positions. After that, he joined the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, as a Special Agent. While working as a federal agent, Mr. Katz worked in various domestic and overseas locations including the Middle East, Western and Eastern Europe and South America. Mr. Katz conducted sensitive investigations, provided high-level dignitary protection to visiting foreign leaders, the President of the United States, the U.S. Secretary of State and various others, including the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Mr. Katz also served in the Office of Counterintelligence where he received a Meritorious Honor Award for service.
In 2018, following the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, the Broward County School District worked with nationally recognized school safety experts, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission and other organizations to seek recommendations for enhancing the District’s safety and security programs. The #1 recommendation was to create a Division of Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness as a Cabinet-level Chief position within the District and to centralize safety and security under that new Division. A national search was conducted and Mr. Katz was selected to be the District’s first person to hold this position in February 2019.
Mr. Katz designed the Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness Division from the ground up, centralized all safety and security functions under this new Division, doubled the number of security staff and created layers of safety and security accountability for the District including a layered management approach and increased accountability for staff. Mr. Katz designed the framework for the District’s safety and security training framework and rolled out those initiatives district-wide.
Wed, Oct 25, 2023
Layers of Security - How the SRO fits into the overall safety and security program.Understanding layers of security. The traditional role of SROs is changing on our school campuses. This session will discuss how conventional thinking is shifting and how SRO programs that want to stay relevant will have to adapt with the times. Understanding the data that supports school safety programs.
Helping SROs understand the constraints and priorities of a school district related to safety and security as well as how to review layers of security.
- Learning how to identify and articulate layers of security to non-security staff.
- Learning how the community expectations for the SRO are changing.
- Learning how SROs can contribute to the overall security plan in a consistent way using data.
- Participants will be able to discuss the various layers of security in place at their sites.
- Participants will be able to discuss misconceptions of the SRO role.
- Participants will be able to discuss how they can use data to fit into the overall school security structure and plan.