Dave Yost unveils SECUR Program to increase school safety and preparedness

February 26, 2018

 Columbus—Auditor of State Dave Yost unveiled a three-point plan today aimed at bolstering the security of Ohio’s public schools, and better protecting our students.

“We need to protect our kids at school at least as well as we protect our politicians at work,” Yost said.  “This program takes the same proven tactics and technology we use in government offices—and many private businesses—and puts them to work in our schools, where our greatest treasures are.”

The School Entry Control and Urgent Response (SECUR) Program has three elements:

  1. Perform a statewide inventory of the security measures in place for all 5,200 school buildings.
  2. Funded by a state bond, make modifications to school buildings to bring them up to minimum security standards, including single point entry, electronic zoned locking systems, video cameras and the like.
  3. Establish a robust training program for school staff volunteers who have prior military or law enforcement experience, allowing an on-site response in the moments before law enforcement arrives. (This program would be far more in-depth than a concealed carry class.)

You can read Yost’s concept paper below, or by clicking here.

SECUR Program


Dave Yost is serving in his second term as Auditor of State, and is running to become Ohio’s next attorney general.

Prior to becoming State Auditor, Yost served as the prosecutor for Delaware County, where he won convictions against the county’s largest drug ring, and successfully prosecuted Delaware’s first-ever capital murder case.

He served on the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Rules of Practice and Procedure, where he was the chief architect of Ohio’s revised Rule on criminal discovery, ending a 40-year stalemate between the prosecution and defense bars and creating a more just system. He also served on the board of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association.

As Auditor of State, Yost’s work has led to criminal convictions for 140 corrupt public officials, and identified more than $240 million in efficiency savings for state and local governments. Yost has been a watchdog for government abuse and overspending, finding close to $30 million in Medicaid fraud and leading the fight for charter school reform.

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