What does Operation Paladin do?

Operation Paladin, LLC has successfully conceptualized and designed web-based software (SaaS) that provides an assessment of students who are at risk of committing suicide or committing violent behavior, i.e., becoming an active shooter.

 

Has this process been tested in a real-world setting?

The concept and design of the program have already successfully gone through the real world application and testing process in an actual high school setting. The founders of Operation Paladin have witnessed actual students that have overcome personal crises through the application of this concept.

 

On what basis is the process founded?

Operation Paladin has leveraged decades of research conducted by the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education to create this product. Additionally, we have drawn on the expertise of numerous mental health professionals, security experts, suicide experts, violent behavior experts as well as our own expertise and experience as law enforcement and education professionals.

 

Why are other methods of reducing student suicides and violence less effective?

Unfortunately, students’ needs are not currently being met because of the complete lack of standardized assessment and intervention protocols. There is a lack of communication and collaboration among the individuals who have influence in the students’ lives. Furthermore, much of the research and recommendations on how to effectively intervene is simply not common knowledge.  The task of helping a student in a crisis is complex, daunting and can be overwhelming.

Another challenge that our society has faced in addressing this problem is the desire to find a macro solution. Unfortunately, this topic often sparks emotions that lead to discussions about gun control laws, parenting styles, religion, lifestyle choices, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, mental health treatment techniques, culture, social media, bullying, etc. While these topics are relevant, and they deserve our consideration and attention, they require massive sweeping changes in our society that can only occur over extensive periods of time – even decades.

Our solution approaches the topic on a micro level. Each situation is unique and requires a case by case approach. As mentioned, the task of helping a student who is having a crisis is complex, daunting and can be overwhelming. However, our software does the heavy lifting by leveraging modern technology.

 

Is the software difficult to use? Does it require the user to have extensive law enforcement, mental health and/or technical skills?

The software is intuitive and will not require extensive training or technical support for the users. However, it is expected that the main coordinator(s) using the software will either be School Resource Officers and/or School Psychologists. The software will immediately add value to the communities where it’s being used with minimal training.

 

How will use of the software help manage and minimize liability risk for school administrators?

Ultimately and most importantly, this software will save lives. However, another valuable consideration is the fact that if a tragic event does occur, even with the use of this software, the affected surviving individuals will know that proactive documented efforts were made in an attempt to prevent the tragic event. School administration will be able to review and provide documentation that measures were taken. Not only will this provide emotional comfort, but the program will also reduce and/or eliminate legal liabilities that could arise from the tragic event.

 

How is private or sensitive information protected?

The software has privacy security features built in and is designed to be used by individuals who are authorized to gather private or sensitive information. Additionally, the parents or legal guardians of the student are involved in the intervention process and will expressly provide consent to share information on an “as needed” basis.

 

Does the software leverage Artificial Intelligence?

At the current time, no, the software does not incorporate Artificial Intelligence functionality. However, once the software is being commonly used, Operation Paladin will have collected a significant amount of de-identified information that will allow the use of Artificial Intelligence technology. This will permit the software to become even more effective and useful over time.

 

Is Operation Paladin looking for partners and/or investors?

Operation Paladin, LLC is currently considering mutually beneficial partnerships that will accelerate the implementation of its software. Achieving significant market share quickly will ultimately contribute to the safety and well-being of our students.

Partnership opportunities are available for existing software companies currently providing services to school administrators.

Please contact us for further details.