by Brianna Crandall — May 25, 2016 — SafeDefend and Mace Security International have just announced a partnership that will combine SafeDefend’s proprietary active shooter and incident preparations program with the proven effectiveness of Mace Brand personal protection products, including its Mace Pepper Gel spray. Together, SafeDefend and Mace Brand will create a premier protection approach for employees, teachers and students from incidents including active shooters and other emergencies.
Jeff Green, CEO of SafeDefend, commented:
As SafeDefend continues to increase its presence in schools, government facilities, and workplaces, we needed to partner with true leaders in personnel protection to mitigate threats and injuries in the event of an incident. SafeDefend is protecting over 12,000 students and personnel nationally, and with 87 mass shootings so far in 2016, it’s clear that workplaces are in need of a product like ours to help protect their most valuable asset: their people.
The SafeDefend Personnel Protection System includes a fingerprint-activated device that allows for controlled access and secure storage of items such as Mace Brand Pepper Gel spray, a baton with a window break, a trauma kit, a safety vest, flex cuffs, a high-intensity strobe flashlight, and a whistle. Once the system is activated by faculty or employees, an alert is instantaneously sent to a nationwide monitoring company, along with a text alerting personnel at the school or workplace. Local law enforcement is immediately notified of the building and room number where the system was activated, identifying the location of the threat.
John McCann, CEO and president, Mace Security International, added:
We are proud to provide our nation’s law enforcement, corrections, and military with best-in-class, less lethal options. Now, through our partnership with SafeDefend we can enhance our efforts to protect our children and school officials, people working in medical and food industries, public employees, employees of corporations, and many more. We are extremely pleased to partner with SafeDefend and look forward to enhancing the safety of civilians all over the country.
The SafeDefend Personnel Protection and Shelter in Place Systems program was founded in 2013 by Jeff Green, a former elementary school teacher and principal for 16 years. Following the Sandy Hook tragedy, Green realized that schools were missing critical elements in addressing a crisis. Developed alongside threat assessment experts and law enforcement officials, SafeDefend prepares schools, hospitals, government buildings, and corporate offices what to do during the critical minutes leading up to the time first responders arrive on the scene. A video overview of the SafeDefend system is available on the company’s Web site.
Mace Security International is a globally recognized leader in personal safety and security. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, the company has spent more than 40 years designing and manufacturing consumer and tactical products for personal defense and security products under its world-renowned Mace Brand – the original trusted brand of pepper spray products. The company also offers aerosol defense sprays and tactical products for law enforcement and security professionals worldwide through its Mace Take Down brand.