Bentonville School District steps up security effort

Posted: October 26, 2017 at 1:09 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/FLIP PUTTHOFF Andy Ball with the Bentonville Police Department walks a hall Wednesday at Bentonville High School with Tyson, an 8-year-old male police dog. The School District, in collaboration with the Bentonville and Centerton police departments, is implementing random patrols using police dogs at its two high schools and three junior high schools.

The School District is partnering with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to proactively combat illicit activity on its campuses. The "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign brings additional patrols by police and a new tip line for students to report suspicious or potentially dangerous activity.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/FLIP PUTTHOFF Kevin Albert (left) and Andy Ball, officers with the Bentonville Police Department, walk Wednesday down a hall at B...

Steve Vera, Bentonville School District's coordinator for safety and security

Suspicious activity

Suspicious activity, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is any behavior that could indicate terrorism or terrorism-related crime. This includes, but is not limited to:

• Unusual items or situations: A vehicle is parked in an odd location, a package/luggage is unattended, a window/door is open that is usually closed, or other out-of-the-ordinary situations occur.

• Eliciting information: A person questions individuals at a level beyond curiosity about a building’s purpose, operations, security procedures and/or personnel, shift changes, etc.

• Observation/surveillance: Someone pays unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest. This includes extended loitering without explanation (particularly in concealed locations); unusual, repeated, and/or prolonged observation of a building (e.g., with binoculars or video camera); taking notes or measurements; counting paces; sketching floor plans, etc.

Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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