Duane Williams, Supervisor of School Security and Emergency Management for Carroll County Public Schools, has been recognized as a School Safety/Security Director of the Year by the Maryland Center for School Safety. He was selected for the award for his outstanding work in enhancing the ability of the school system and individual schools to effectively respond to and address safety, security, emergencies, and crises.
Williams came to Carroll County Public Schools from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office in May 2015, as the school system was still in the process of redefining its security program in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He has overseen the implementation of expanded security measures in all schools that grew from a state and local security partnership initiative following Sandy Hook.
Williams has helped form and coordinate the efforts of the Board of Education’s Security Advisory Council, including the creation of a new CCPS Security Procedures Manual, standard operating protocols, and school emergency procedures. He also coordinated an updated training program for CCPS staff. Notably, he has built on strong relationships with law enforcement and Carroll County Emergency Management to form a successful partnership.
Williams’ leadership and commitment in working with county emergency management, fire and rescue, and law enforcement to develop and implement tabletop exercises and a functional school emergency exercise paved the way for central office staff and school-based emergency response teams to be better prepared for a critical incident such as an active shooter or assailant.
According to Ed Clarke, Executive Director of the Maryland Center for School Safety, “Duane has developed an outstanding school safety and emergency preparedness training plan. He has provided true leadership in ensuring the safety of students, staff, and parents.”
The Maryland Center for School Safety held its 2017 School Safety Summer Conference in Annapolis during the week of August 14, 2017. The two-day conference featured presentations, discussions and experiences, all in the name of improving school safety.