ANTHONY GENTILE OF THE CENTER FOR PRIVATE SECURITY AND SAFETY AT THE JOHN JAY COLLEGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PRESIDENT/CEO OF GLOBAL PROTECTION MANAGEMENT, LLC IS RECOGNIZED FOR HIS WORK WITH NEWTOWN, CT PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
In the aftermath of the December 2012 school shootings that claimed the lives of 26 students and teachers in Newtown, Conn., Anthony Gentile of John Jay College’s Center for Private Security and Safety reached out to offer his professional talents – and those of the Center and the College – to help create a safer learning environment for the school district.
On Jan. 6, the Newtown Public Schools presented Gentile with an award for his unstinting – and pro bono – efforts. “I would like to recognize your dedication and much appreciated work on the Newtown Public Schools Security Committee,” noted School Superintendent Dr. Joseph V. Erardi Jr.
“After the tragedy, I thought it best to contact Newtown and offer the resources of the Center and the College,” said Gentile, who is the Center’s CEO and Associate Director. The ongoing relationship with the Newtown school system included a thorough risk assessment, real-time and tabletop training initiatives for school safety and administrative personnel, and new security policies and procedures.
“Anthony Gentile has dedicated long, tireless hours of service to the Sandy Hook community, and done so with admirable care and concern, bringing to bear his nearly 30 years of experience in the security sector,” said Professor Charles Nemeth, Chair of the Department of Security, Fire and Emergency Management, and the Center’s Director. “The award reflects how Tony’s presence at Sandy Hook is both a comfort and a sign of confidence in his insights and the positive role both the Center and John Jay College have played in the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy.”
Gentile, a veteran of the security and safety fields and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Security, Fire and Emergency Management, says his work with the Newtown school district is a personal high-water mark. “It’s the most important professional work I’ve ever done in my career.” he said.
About the Center for Private Security and 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.
Please click the following for a recent NBC news report on Mr. Gentile and his work with the Newtown, CT community: