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3M Safety & Security Window Film | Case Study: Jewish Federation of Cincinnati

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Invisible Protection.

Students and property protected.

“We have locks on the glass doors, but what value were the locks actually providing if the glass could be simply shot out during an active shooter event?”

Mark Dowd, SAFE Cincinnati Director of Community Security

3M™ Scotchshield™ Safety & Security Window Film Ultra Series and 3M™ Impact Protection Profile Attachment System 

Case Study: Jewish Federation of Cincinnati – Cincinnati, Ohio

Project Scope

More than 100 years after its founding, the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati is the oldest continuously operating Jewish federation in North America. Started in 1896, the group is a resource for Cincinnati’s Jewish population, encouraging networking, coordinating community giving and providing support for various organizations throughout the region. The Federation aims to identify and prioritize the needs of the Jewish Community, and today, with active shooter events on the rise, the safety of children in schools was identified as a top priority.

Situation

Protection from active shooter events has become a high priority for schools across the country. Securing the building perimeter is a challenge when glass doors and windows are common in architectural design. 

Additionally, one important lesson of history, is that Jewish organizations need to be vigilant regarding security threats. With anti-Semitism and other hate crimes again on the rise in much of the world, the Federation began a program in 2012 known as “SAFE Cincinnati” designed to constantly monitor and improve security at area Jewish Facilities.

Shortly thereafter, the Federation hired a retired FBI agent, Mark Dowd, as SAFE Cincinnati’s Director of Community Security. One of his focal points has been to improve the security strategy at the Jewish schools in Cincinnati, which are vulnerable to the same type of active shooter incidents that have touched schools across the nation.

Solution

The search for better security measures eventually led Dowd to a 3M product – 3M Scotchshield Safety & Security Window Film Ultra S800 and 3M Impact Protection Profile Attachment System – and he recently oversaw the installation of the film and attachment system at an area Jewish School. 

“Glass is the weakest entry point on most building exteriors,” Dowd explained. “We have locks on glass doors, but what value were the locks actually providing if the glass could be simply shot out during an active shooter event?” 

3M’s Ultra S800 Window Film is a clear security film made of a highly specialized tear-resistant micro-layered polyester. It includes a special, thicker adhesive that holds broken glass together, hindering anyone trying to break and enter through a window. It also reduced the threat of flying glass in the event of an explosion. The film has been identified and utilized by hundreds of schools, and numerous states, as one of the most cost-effective solutions to secure the building exterior.

3M Ultra S00 Window Film is designed to hold the glass together, while 3M Impact Protection Profile bonds the contained glass to the frame of the window. It is critical to not only hold the glass together but maintain the glass in the frame, in order to sustain the barrier between the active shooter and the interior of the building, providing precious extra response time during an active shooter event.

Result

Dowd said the film is invisible, preventing potential attackers from knowing that additional security measures are in place. 

Dowd and the SAFE Cincinnati organization continue to work with both law enforcement and intelligence agencies to be aware of the possible threats, but they know their security posture has been improved with 3M Scotchshield’s Safety & Security Window Film on the front line. 

“The cost of impact-resistant windows was prohibitively expensive, but the 3M Ultra S800 Window Film and attachment system gives us another layer of protection,”

“Solar Tint was a great partner throughout the process and I would strongly recommend using them”

Mark Dowd, SAFE Cincinnati Director of Community Security

Case Study Summary

Challenge: Protection from active shooter events, bomb threats, and potential hate crime attacks. 

Product Selection: 3M Scotchshield Safety and Security Window Film Ultra S800 and 3M Impact Protection Profile Attachment System. 

Area Covered: 2000+ square feet of glass.

Benefits: Invisible security protection with window film that holds broken glass together to hinder anyone trying to break and enter through a glass door or window.