After spending more than half his lifetime in law enforcement and security, twelve years as a collegiate baseball coach and some time as a professor in charge of the Criminal Justice department of his local college, Frank Iannone decided it was time for a change.
When his kids moved out of the house, he and his wife decided they wanted to move to Florida.
Iannone began looking for security jobs in Florida and found Florida Tech.
“Higher education is its own community in itself,” Iannone said. “Having the background in higher education in different aspects and law enforcement and putting it all together–to me, it’s the perfect fit for me.”
Iannone became director of security at Florida Tech in spring 2019 when Kevin Graham, the previous director of security, retired.
Over the summer, he has worked with Security to implement new safety measures.
“For the last three and a half months, things have probably been a whirlwind for the entire Security department,” Iannone said. “We’re doing a lot of training to bring the officers more up-to-speed to give them more opportunities to know the latest techniques in handling unruly people, as well as de-escalation techniques.”
In addition to new training for officers, Iannone has created training programs for Florida Tech’s community.
These programs focus on situational awareness and what to do in the event of an active shooter.
“We try not to focus it on one specific thing because it can happen everywhere,” Iannone said. “Our mindset is to teach these skills in everyday life.”
Iannone said he has given 14 of these training presentations to various Florida Tech departments.
He plans to offer them to students, staff and faculty throughout the semester.
In addition to situations involving active shooters, Iannone said he wants to teach Florida Tech how to deal with a number of safety issues.
“My hope, moving forward in the years to come, will be that we will always be the host of some type of security awareness program, whether it’s identity theft or something like that, where we bring in an expert in the field to give some commentary,” Iannone said.
As for what Security will implement within the department in the coming semesters, Iannone said he plans to amp up their visibility.
“We’re not just going to stand in the background and say, ‘Hey, we’re here if you need us,’ but we’re really going to make our presence known,” Iannone said.
Iannone said their goals are to deter, detect and delay. Security’s deterrent effect, Iannone said, is their visibility.
By being present and professional, he said it will hopefully deter someone from doing something wrong.
Security can also detect when something has gone wrong through their cameras.
Facilities began installing new cameras around campus in spring 2019.
As more cameras are added, Iannone said they can decrease the number of officers at certain locations while still monitoring them.
As Iannone looks forward to this new year at Florida Tech, he said his goal is to keep students’ anxiety over safety low.
“I don’t want anyone to have to worry,” Iannone said. “They have enough to worry about here. I really view this school as it’s not easy to get into and it’s not easy to stay here, so people have to want to be here. I don’t want people to be uncomfortable or worried about their security. If we can relieve them of that concern and let them focus on their studies, and if they’re doing club sports or are a varsity athlete and don’t have to worry about that other stuff, then I think we’ve done our job.”