About


At RETA Security, we are dedicated to providing the highest level of independent, school security consulting services. We are a non-product affiliated, family-owned firm focused on the education market. We have been a top-rated security consulting firm since 1984 when the company was founded by Ron Timm, CPP. Based on our unmatched experience and expertise we have developed the industry’s only patented methodology (ALPHA™) to objectively evaluate your security program and provide prioritized recommendations. Our approach is holistic, collaborative and sustainable. In addition to our industry leading assessment methodology, RETA Security’s associates bring a wealth of experience and expertise in working with you to design or update your security program, train your staff in its proper implementation and maintenance, and plan and prepare for emergencies. In all areas of service, we have a long history of highly satisfied and loyal clients. We would love the opportunity to partner with you and your stakeholders to improve and maintain safe learning environment.

Experience


Lockdown Procedures – Development, Training, and Drills in Bermuda

RETA Security was honored to assist school administrators and security providers on the island of Bermuda with lockdown procedures. We are hoping to return soon!

 

Risk Mitigation Assessment Architect for the 2008 National School Safety Study
RETA Security, in conjunction with the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies developed an on-line risk mitigation assessment in the spring of 2008.  Several months later, 445 AASA members nationwide took advantage of this innovative tool which assesses the status of security in the nation’s K-12 public schools,  Results of the 2008 National School Safety Study were published in February of 2009.  Currently in use and recently revised, this assessment tool identifies potential threats and determines action items to improve security.

 

Program Architect for the State of West Virginia

Mr. Timm assisted the School Building Authority of West Virginia with development and implementation of the “School Access Safety Act.”  He was instrumental in establishing the guidelines and procedures for this statewide program.  Mr. Timm instructed administrators from all 55 counties in West Virginia in the need for and methods of effectively improving school access control.  He has provided Regional Educational Service Agencies in West Virginia with technical assistance.

 

School Security Grant Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS)
Since grant program inception in 2003, RETA Security has assisted numerous Emergency Response and Crisis Management (ERCM) winners and Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) award recipients.  From security assessments to training, we have provided assistance with all four phases of emergency management: Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.

 

Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS)

Mr. Timm has worked as the lead security analyst for several Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) grant winners.  He conducted systematic vulnerability assessments using the ALPHA analysis methodology to determine optimal security upgrades to reduce risk in a cost effective manner.  Mr. Timm has also provided emergency planning assistance, training for district security personnel, and on-going technical assistance.

 

Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF) – Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

RETA Security employed a lead instructor for a class entitled “Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Illinois Schools” presented to more than 6,000 school administrators, educators, law enforcement officers, fire officials, security directors, and emergency management personnel statewide during the past five years. As members of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force School Security Sub-Committee, we assisted in the development of the Illinois School Safety Drill Act legislation, administrative rules, and the model Illinois School Emergency & Crisis Response Plan.

 

Safe to Learn Grants Program

In 1999, 2000, and 2001, the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority (IVPA) contracted RETA Security’s Paul Timm to provide Technical Assistance Training.  This series of statewide workshops entitled, A Holistic Approach to School Safety Audits, involved hundreds of attendees including superintendents, teachers, counselors, and administrators.

 

Specific Clients Include:

  • National and State Associations, Agencies, and School Safety Centers
  • Over 400 individual School Districts in IL, WI, IN, MO, NE, WV, CO, OH, MD, SD, NM, TN, NY, GA, TX, MN, MI, CT, HI, PA, AZ, VA, CA, OR, FL, IA, KS, WY, and Canada
  • Universities, Community Colleges, and Technical Colleges in IL, MN, CO, GA, AZ, PA, TX, SC, NC, FL, NC, WA, CA, and HI
  • Insurance Providers and Law Firms Practicing School Law
  • Preschool, Day Care, Head Start, and Other Early Childhood Programs
  • Park & Recreation Facilities and Districts
  • Churches, Houses of Worship, and Religious Institutions
  • Public Library Systems and Individual Public Libraries

Clients:

Tetra Tech EM, Inc.
US Department of Energy
ASSA ABLOY
US Department of Defense
ServiceMaster Management Services Company
Illinois Department of Corrections
Sears Tower Management Company
US Army Corps of Engineers

Additional references available upon request. Please contact us today.

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