With over 30 years of public safety experience, Leo P. McGuire has remained on the forefront of innovation, technology, and mentoring others to realize their potential.
Whether it was serving as a military policeman in the U.S. Army, as a police officer and supervisor in a New Jersey municipality, or leading Bergen County's largest law enforcement agency as Sheriff, he maintained a balance between effective leadership and providing the critical safety services our citizens expect and desire.
As Sheriff, Leo McGuire administered the operations of the Bergen County Sheriff's Office, the county's premier law enforcement agency, with more than 500 members and an annual budget of more than $58 million and a correctional facility of 1250 beds. He was chosen as a pilot site for the COPS Office Jail Information Model program and partnered with the Community Safety Institute to enhance the ability to obtain and share information to save lives and solve crimes. In 2010, Sheriff McGuire became the first Sheriff's Office in the nation to partner with an Israeli company to deploy a cutting edge technology designed to detect deception, make the jail staff and inmates safer, and help in the war on terror. He also gained notoriety by conducting his county's first gun buy-back program using funds seized from drug dealers, resulting in over 700 weapons taken off our streets. This successful program was preceded by the use of text messaging and Internet technology to enhance the ability to obtain anonymous information to solve and prevent crimes in the community with the BergenTip program. In the first week of implementation, a bi-county drug dealing ring was stopped in their tracks. Leo also began a countywide youth academy for those desiring to learn more about law enforcement but also chartered the START program (Sheriff's Training and Redirection Team) where those young people who had already begun down the wrong path of life were "redirected" towards success. This program proved to be one of the most satisfying in his career.
As the leader of the Sheriff's Office, Leo McGuire ensured his staff had the tools necessary to become one of the nation's best and tripled the amount of training and education they received annually. He did this while advancing his own education by obtaining his Master's in Business Administration and later attending the Harvard-Kennedy School of Government for the Senior Executives Program as well as the prestigious FBI National Executive Institute and the National Sheriff's Institute. He continues to teach leadership, business and criminal justice at New Jersey universities while sitting on the Criminal Justice and Business Advisory Boards of several colleges.
Selected as a member of the National Sheriff's Association's Board of Directors, Leo also served as the President of the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey and Vice-President of the Sheriff's Association of New Jersey before retiring from law enforcement in 2010. He continues supporting the community by serving on college boards and as a trustee for the Boys & Girls Club and volunteer for the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserves, while operating a consulting business, LPM Strategies, LLC and as Director of an E-Training company: FML Technologies, based in Northern Ireland. Leo lives in New Jersey with his wife of 28 years and their two daughters.
Safety in NJASCS
Security 411- Our security staff possesses well over 400 years of combined in law enforcement and military experience. They serve as one of the many layers of security we have implemented to ensure a safe and secure educational environment for your child. With electronically controlled entrances, surveillance video systems, and random physical perimeter monitoring by our security officers, we are always striving to develop better and more efficient methods to keep all visitors, staff, and students safe. We conduct ourselves with professionalism and understand our role in nurturing and mentoring our students. We have been successful thus far in creating a positive and safe environment without the use of firearms by our officers. We recognize that some schools have made the decision to allow their security officers to carry weapons and respect their rationale, but we have decided our layers of security are appropriate and appreciated by our staff and students.
Without a doubt, you are the most important and influential person in your child's life. Have you discussed with your child how they can help keep themselves safe? Have you had a discussion about some of the attacks and disasters that have occurred? Know that students discuss what is happening in the news and your mentorship and open dialog about serious issues with your child can help them process and understand what these events mean and what is being done to maintain their safety.
The security staff operates under NJ State guidelines which can be reviewed here:http://www.state.nj.us/education/schools/security/regs/
Security Drill Guide
School Security Drill Guide
N.J.S.18A:41-1 Fire, school security drills pursuant to C.App.A:9-86
This document provides State guidance relating to school security drills pursuant to 18A:41-1. Security drills, which are similar in duration to a fire drill, will be used to practice schools’ procedures for responding to emergencies as outlined in the School Administrator Procedures: Responding to Critical Incidents document that the Department of Education disseminated in October 2007. Schools will coordinate with local emergency responders by updating safety and security plans and procedures for drilling, managing and responding to school emergencies.
School Security Drill: An exercise, other than a fire drill, to practice procedures that respond to an emergency situation including, but not limited to, a non-fire evacuation, lockdown, or active shooter situation and that is similar in duration to a fire drill.
Tabletop Activity: This activity involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting. Tabletops can be used to assess plans, policies, and procedures.
Full Scale Exercise: This is a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional activity involving actual deployment of resources in a coordinated response as if a real incident had occurred. This exercise tests many components of one or more capabilities within emergency response and recovery, and is typically used to assess plans, procedures and coordinated response under crisis conditions.
Fire, school security drills
Every principal of a school of two or more rooms, or of a school of one room, when located above the first story of a building, shall have at least one fire drill and one school security drill each month within the school hours, including any summer months during which the school is open for instructional programs, and shall require all teachers of all schools, whether occupying buildings of one or more stories, to keep all doors and exits of their respective rooms and buildings unlocked during the school hours, except during an emergency lockdown or an emergency lockdown drill. Where school buildings have been provided with fire escapes, they shall be used by a part or all of the pupils performing every fire drill.
Schools are required to conduct a school security drill within the first 15 days of the beginning of the school year.
Schools are required to hold a minimum of two of each of the following security drills annually:
- Active shooter;
- Evacuation (non- fire);
- Bomb threat;
Examples of other types of security drills:
- Reverse evacuation;
- Evacuation to relocation site;
- Testing of school’s notification system and procedures;
- Testing of school’s communication system and procedures;
- Tabletop exercise;
- Full scale exercise.
Fire alarm systems shall be initiated only during a fire drill evacuation.
Responses made necessary by the unplanned activation of emergency procedures or by any other emergency shall not be substituted for a required school security drill.
Schools will provide emergency responders with a friendly notification at least 48 hours prior to holding a security drill. Emergency responders are not required to observe security drills, however, it is encouraged that schools invite emergency responders to attend and observe at least four different security drills annually.
Districts are required to annually submit the “Security Drill Statement of Assurance” provided by the Department of Education to their county office of education by June 30 of each year. The county office shall forward an information copy to the respective county prosecutor's office. The “Security Drill Record Form” provided by the Department of Education shall be completed by all schools and retained at the district level. The following information is required:
- Date and time;
- Type (specify what was drilled);
- Weather conditions;
- Participants (i.e. students, staff, faculty, law enforcement, fire);
- Brief description of what occurred and procedures followed.
Provision of training on school safety, security
A local board of education and chief school administrator of a nonpublic school shall ensure that all full-time teaching staff members in the district or nonpublic school are provided with training on school safety and security that includes instruction on school security drills. Each teaching staff member shall be provided with the training within one year of the effective date of this act or within 60 days of the commencement of that staff member’s employment, whichever date is later.
Development, dissemination of building security drill guide, training materials
The Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness shall, in consultation with the Commissioner of Education, the Director of the Division of Fire Safety in the Department of Community Affairs, the Director of the State Office of Emergency Management in the Division of State Police in the Department of Law and Public Safety, and the Attorney General, develop and disseminate to each school district and nonpublic school a building security drill guide and training materials that educate school employees on proper evacuation and lockdown procedures in a variety of emergency situations on school grounds including, but not limited to, bomb threats and active shooter situations.
Employee training on school safety and security plans
The district board of education shall develop and provide an in-service training program for all district board of education employees to enable them to recognize and appropriately respond to safety and security concerns, including emergencies and crises, consistent with the district board of education’s plans, procedures and mechanisms for school safety and security and the provisions of this section.
- New district board of education employees shall receive the in-service training, as appropriate, within 60 days of the effective date of their employment.
- The in-service training program for all district board of education employees shall be reviewed annually and updated, as appropriate.
A training CD Rom, Critical Incident Response: Procedures for School Administrators, Faculty and Staff, was developed by the Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness in collaboration with the Department of Education to enhance regional and local training for school personnel on procedures to follow during an emergency. This resource was distributed to all schools during the summer of 2009 and fulfills the training requirement of this statute.