Shooting in St. Louis exemplifies key training points

Another shooting rocked educators and the United States on Monday. This time, the shooting occurred in St. Louis, Missouri. It just so happens that I grew up in St. Louis, and my nieces and nephews reside in and go to school there. Thinking of them makes my heart bleed even more when I hear of Read more about Shooting in St. Louis exemplifies key training points[…]

Old technology is the key to increasing cover against active shooters

It is easy to fall in love with new technology. A fancy gadget might provide some new capability you have never had before. An upgraded app or model could allow you to work faster. And sometimes, it just comes down to having something new and fascinating to play with. The thing is, though, these new Read more about Old technology is the key to increasing cover against active shooters[…]

Don’t ever do this during an active shooter drill

Active shooter events are, by nature, loud, violent, and traumatic experiences. It makes sense then that some trainers look to duplicate that in their active shooter drills. They believe that making the training more “real” will better prepare participants for the actual event. Often, these drills feature multiple “gunmen” and are unannounced. The shooters will Read more about Don’t ever do this during an active shooter drill[…]

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Active Shooters – How to deal with stranded students

Dealing with an active shooter event feels undeniably horrifying. Knowing that a student is out there all alone creates an overwhelming sense of darkness descending. As bad as that is, emergency responders, administrators, and risk managers must be prepared to teach, train, and deal with this scenario. Active shooter events are, by their nature, extremely Read more about Active Shooters – How to deal with stranded students[…]

The newest threat to security for public entities – Invisibility Cloaks

We have all dreamed of being invisible.  Being able to pull off silly high-school pranks.  Some of us, more nefarious pranks.  The Harry Potter movies, much like Star Trek, built a future for us to live up to.  Technology has rapidly increased and what was once thought impossible is happening every day.  The invisibility cloak has Read more about The newest threat to security for public entities – Invisibility Cloaks[…]

Complete leadership failure in safety

Recently, my staff and I have been evaluating some of the toughest schools in California.  When I say tough, I mean dangerous – drugs, guns, knives, and lots of fighting.  In some ways, it reminds me of my days working for the Feds inside America’s Heartland’s jails and prisons.  That’s a shame and another topic Read more about Complete leadership failure in safety[…]

The Visitor Badge

Badges of honor, badges of merit, employee badges, and visitor badges.  I’ve seen them all.   These badges come in all shapes and sizes, which is good. School shootings will never cease.  It is a fact of life: a bad fact, but a fact nonetheless. I want to make something obvious.  I believe that the likelihood Read more about The Visitor Badge[…]

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