Joseph Pangaro is a retired 27-year veteran police officer, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant in 2013. Lt. Pangaro was the lead training instructor of his police agency and certified as an instructor by the NJ Police Training Commission. Lt Pangaro was trained in school Security Assessments by the Dept. of Homeland Security. Lt. Pangaro is also a trained and certified Crime prevention officer who continues to train police officers at police academies throughout the Northeast. Lt. Pangaro has built the curriculum for school security training programs including “Plan and Prepare” and “Planning the Active Shooter Drill”. These programs are based on his experience as a police training officer and delivered to hundreds of police officers and schools in the region. He has also created multiple training programs, both classroom and hands on based, designed for the school, law enforcement and business communities on topics of safety and security, proper investigations, anti-drug awareness, cyber bullying, interview skills and violence response.
Lt. Pangaro has written many articles on safety and security for multiple publications including: The FBI World Wide magazine, NJ COPS, Blue Magazine, and The New South Wales Law Enforcement Gazette and won awards for his school safety and security articles for children on the Autism Spectrum from Autism Parents Magazine. He has also been featured in newspaper reports and on national radio with reference to school security and safety.
In addition to security training programs, Lt. Pangaro provides Threat, Vulnerability, and Risk Assessments (TVRA’s) for schools and businesses since 2008 In 2013 Lt. Pangaro took on the challenges of school security directly as the Director of School Safety and Security for the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District in NJ. He attends many school security training programs hosted by the Dept. of Homeland security and the Dept. of Education to continue to enhance his knowledge of best practices. The combination of a career in law enforcement and school security has provided Lt. Pangaro with a unique view of school safety and security needs, as well as an eye for uncovering the weaknesses in the security of these facilities. Lt. Pangaro is dedicated to keeping children, teachers, adults and officers safe. It is his passion.