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John Jay’s Center for Private Security and Safety Partners with Newtown Public School System to Review School Safety Measures

The Newtown Public School District in Connecticut has recently partnered with the Center for Public Safety and Security at John Jay College of Criminal Justice to collaborate on the review and implementation of safety and security measures in the school district.  Anthony L. Gentile who serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Center has met with the District Security Committee and discussed areas of collaboration between the Newtown Public School District and John Jay College.

“As soon as the tragedy in Newtown hit, we quickly marshaled the unique resources of John Jay and the Center to see how we can be of service to the Newtown school system,” said Anthony Gentile, CEO of the Center for Private Security and Safety at John Jay. “As a college dedicated to educating for justice, we are in a position to provide practical and forward thinking strategies in support of Newtown’s efforts to assess and strengthen industry standards and best practices,” he added.

With the Center’s oversight, a team of industry experts will continue to assist the committee next year in making recommendations to Standard Operating Procedures and Policy changes based on assessment of effective practices for school safety.

The Center for Private Security and Safety is dedicated to professionalization of the private security industry and its safety constituencies in fire and emergency management. The center is designed to developing joint partnerships with both the public and private safety providers and to serving corporate, educational and industrial institutions in need of guidance through best practices and current industry standards at the local, state, national and international level. For more information, visit

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit