Staff

The Community Safety and Security Consultants Team brings over 175 years of combined service in military and law enforcement operations to accomplish and satisfy our client’s needs. Our safety and security consultant professionals provide leadership, tactical advice, and strategic development against a wide variety of unexpected variables. The team of highly-qualified professionals have experience in military and government operations, law enforcement, special emergency response tactics, fire & explosives investigations, incident command systems, school resource advocacy, advanced medical operations, as well as personal protection and self-defense training certifications.

Meet the Founder:

Jerry L. Harper

President/CEO

Jerry L. Harper serves as President and founder of Community Safety & Security Consultants (CSSC) and oversees its core services of Safety and Security Operations, Personal Safety Services, as well as Occupational Health and Safety Services. Jerry received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Administration from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania prior to serving in the Persian Gulf War with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division. Jerry is a career security professional with more than 23 years of military and law enforcement experience. He currently holds the rank of Sergeant and serves as a Unit Supervisor with a large law enforcement agency in Pennsylvania. During his career, Jerry has been selected to provide safety and security at major events within Pennsylvania and has attended numerous training opportunities across the country as it pertains to the prevention and management of mass casualty incidents. He is also a certified instructor for Active Shooter Events, and has a great interest in continuing to assist others with increasing life-safety.

Director of Safety Operations

Christopher C. Ott

Safety/Security Specialist

As Director of Safety Operations for CSSC, Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He recently retired from the Pennsylvania State Police after 25 years of service while reaching the rank of Sergeant. His responsibilities have included Patrol, Executive Service-Dignitary Protection, Criminal Investigations, and Emergency Management Planning with the Domestic Security Section. Mr. Ott is a member of the Pennsylvania Incident Management Team and was the National Incident Management System Compliance Officer for the Pennsylvania State Police. Chris has received extensive training in the area of Active Shooter program development, and has presented to hundreds of individuals in the public and private sectors. Chris is passionate about educating and protecting the lives of individuals in all facets of our communities throughout the country.

Director of Security Operations

Derek A. Koch

Safety/Security Specialist

As Director of Security Operations for CSSC, Derek holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and an Associates of Science degree in Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. Derek is also a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Command and Staff. Prior to becoming a police officer, Derek served as a county level probation officer and as a Lieutenant in the PA Army National Guard. Derek brings over 23 years of law enforcement experience in the areas of Patrol, Criminal Investigations, and Special Operations. Derek spent over 14 years as a SWAT Team Operator, Training Officer, and Team Leader, and recently served as a Tactical Operations Section Commander. As part of his tactical team trainer duties, he played an active role in training the members of his department to respond to active shooter incidents in schools. He also has over 18 years of experience as a certified firearms instructor, and currently holds the rank of Captain with a large police department in Pennsylvania. Derek is passionate about educating and protecting the lives of members of his community as well as the members of communities across the country.

Shawn M. Swarr

Safety/Security Consultant

Shawn Swarr holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College. Shawn brings over 21 years of law enforcement experience in the areas of Patrol, Criminal Investigations, and Criminal Intelligence. While working as an Intelligence Officer for his agency, he gathered and collected information on individuals who were considered to be a security threat to the public as well as to police officers. Shawn currently works in the capacity of a Training Instructor for a large police agency in Pennsylvania. His duties include training other police officers in the area of physical fitness and self-defense techniques. Shawn is dedicated to educating and protecting the lives of people in his community, as well as the communities throughout the country.

Michael J. Gerace

Safety/Security Consultant

Michael is a military and law enforcement professional with over 32 years of combined service. He currently holds the rank of Sergeant for a police agency in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Michael brings an array of experience and expertise to the CSSC team and has served as a K-9 Handler, Squad Leader - Special Emergency Response Team, Criminal Investigator, and Crime Scene Examiner. During his career, he has become a certified trainer/instructor on leadership tactics, K-9 handling, as well as B.L.S. and Stop the Bleed medical instruction. Michael continues to serve his community by participating and lecturing on topics related to active shooter incidents, as well as hostage rescue and high-risk situations. He is passionate and committed to continuing to protect and serve the citizens in his community and country against acts of violence.

Ian M. Janos

Personal Safety Consultant

Ian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the Pennsylvania State University and has dedicated over 10 years of combined military service in the United State Marine Corps and Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Ian also brings over thirteen years of law enforcement experience in the areas of Patrol, Criminal Investigations, and Training and Education Instruction (both basic and advanced levels). He also has over 10 years of experience as a certified Firearms Instructor and holds certifications under the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) and Sig Sauer Academy as a Master Pistol and Rifle Instructor. Ian currently holds the rank of Sergeant with a large police department in Pennsylvania where he serves as a Patrol Section Supervisor while also holding a secondary position as a Use of Force Instructor for his agency. He is passionate about educating and protecting the lives of members of his community as well as the members of communities across the country.

Kenneth E. Lockhart

Personal Safety Consultant

Ken holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Service Administration/Criminal Justice from Waynesburg University. He served with the U.S. Air Force, Special Operations Command and Pennsylvania Air National Guard, Security Forces Unit. Ken brings over twenty-three years of law enforcement experience to and including seventeen years in special weapons and tactical operations. He also holds several certifications under the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) and Sig Sauer Academy as a Range Master, and Master Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun Instructor, through the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI). Ken currently works for a police agency in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where he serves as a Detective and Violent Crimes Task Force Officer. He is dedicated to educating others in the areas of personal safety as well as helping increase life-safety for all.

Sara Baxter

Safety/Risk Management Consultant

Sara brings an array of experience and expertise to the CSSC team in the area of Occupational Health and Safety. As a military veteran, she previously served in the Ohio Army National Guard as a Military Police Officer for 7 years and was awarded several commendations for her service overseas. For the past several years, Sara has specialized in crafting and instituting new safety policies and training for organizations. She has assisted with risk management, environmental health, safety, and security for all types of facilities and its employees. She is an OSHA certified trainer and workplace safety expert. Sara is passionate about assisting clients with reducing injury claims while increasing employee productivity to create a positive, safety-centered work culture for all.

Ross A. Deck Jr.

Personal Health and Safety Consultant

Ross Deck, Jr. is a professional paramedic with over 31 years of experience in emergency services. He holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Health Sciences from Harrisburg Area Community College. He currently works as a staff medic for a rural EMS agency. His roles over the years have included EMT/Paramedic for urban, suburban, and rural services. For several years, he served as a paramedic supervisor for a large emergency services department while also serving his community as a volunteer firefighter. Ross currently serves as a medic on a regional S.W.A.T. team and has extensive training in mass casualty and active shooter events, especially in the area of casualty care and evacuation. He enjoys educating others and has taught everything from CPR/AED, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support to EMT classes. Ross is happily married with two teenage boys, and feels it is his responsibility to pass along the knowledge he has gained over his career to others. By doing so, he hopes to empower and inspire others to do good work and be prepared for anything.

Audra King

Personal Safety Consultant

Audra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Organizational Management. She also dedicated 4 years of military service in the U.S. Army, and served as a Counter-intelligence Agent during Operation Iraqi Freedom where her primary job function was to gather human intelligence and counter surveillance. She obtained the rank of Sergeant as well as a Top Secret security clearance during her military career. Audra brings to the team her skills in psychological security and personal self-defense. She is a nationally certified Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor and is passionate about teaching safety awareness to all, especially women and children. In her spare time, she volunteers as a Cub Scout leader and loves traveling with her family.

Jason Valudes

Client Services Safety and Security

Jason works in Client Services and with our team of Safety and Security Consultants in conveying CSSC's message of preparedness, safety, and security to all businesses, organizations, and individuals in our communities. Jason specializes in establishing and maintaining working relationships with new and existing clients, by identifying and communicating updated safety and security training and services specific to our client’s needs. He believes in leadership, preparation, and the importance of training and educating our communities with experienced law enforcement officials. Jason attended Shippensburg University, and completed a summer internship with a company which granted him a security clearance to work inside the walls of the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. He worked a few years in NYC and eventually settled in the DC area and worked as a licensed Residential Real Estate Agent in Virginia and Washington DC for many years, prior to becoming licensed in Pennsylvania. Jason has excellent communication skills and takes pride in great customer service and ensuring that all of our clients safety and security needs are being met. He is dedicated and committed to ensuring that safety and security education and training becomes an integral part of everyone’s lives, to increase life-safety measures against any unexpected threats in our communities and around our country.

Jaca White

Client Services Specialist

Jaca White has enjoyed a lifelong career in the advertising field, guiding Human Resources professionals with cost effective, research-based employee recruitment solutions. She joins CSSC with a passion for law enforcement and safety, channeled greatly through pride in her own family members who actively serve in the military and hold responsibilities involving workplace security. A native of North Carolina, Jaca calls Lancaster County home and supports a variety of businesses and non-profits with creative marketing and volunteer work. She is dedicated to sharing education and information to help increase life-safety for all, while building and establishing professional relationships along the way.

Kim A. Harper

Conference/Training Coordinator

Kim is CSSC’s co-founder, and a nursing professional of 30 years. She specializes in the coordination of events and training for CSSC, and also shares in the role of public relations and reputation management for the expanding company. She and Jerry have a blended family of 4 children together.

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A word from our clients

"The Active Shooter Training that I attended recently was very informative and eye-opening. The presenter was professional and shared some real life experiences in relation to his duties as a police officer. I would recommend that every business send their employees to this training by CSSC, to become more educated on what options are available, and how to detect problematic behavior before it becomes a violent encounter." - Tim S, of Middletown, PA

"Everyone needs CSSCs Basic Handgun course! Owning a firearm is a serious undertaking, so top-quality instruction is essential. I received crystal clear explanations, thorough and methodical practice, plus felt the genuine warmth of people who really care about me staying safe and being confident. I plan to take more courses offered by CSSC and highly recommend this company to everyone." - Susan G. of Quarryville, PA

“As a professional within the field of safety, I highly recommend CSSCs unique approach to Active Shooter Resistance Training…every organization should have this education to better protect those they are responsible for .” - Michael Cuff, President of Cuff Safety & Compliance Management

“Jerry is one of the best speakers in the area of safety and security that I have come across…his life experiences along with his innate ability to present in an organized and professional manner (complex material) to an audience on many levels is what sets him apart!” - Lou Rocco, President of Global Sourcing International

“Anyone that entrusts CSSC will be in good hands with such an extremely qualified individual at the helm." - Ted Gallagher, EHC Associates

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