Active Shooter Preparedness
Schools face a wide range of security concerns, but few more pressing than the possibility that their campus will someday face an active shooter situation. Over the past decade, schools at all academic levels—from grammar schools, middle schools and high schools to colleges and universities—have felt the tragic impact of multiple casualty events caused by individuals armed with guns or other weapons.
Active shooter is the most commonly used term to describe these incidents, based on the fact that most incidents involve firearms, including those with the highest numbers of casualties. However, some deliberate mass casualty events on school campuses in recent years have been committed with knives, explosives and the use of vehicles as weapons, prompting the growing adoption of the term “active killer” as a more comprehensive descriptor. According to the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), an active shooter/killer is “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.”
Unfortunately, school campuses are often prime targets for individuals intent on causing mass casualties due to the high density of people in close proximity, which security experts refer to as “soft targets.” The rise of active shooter/killer incidents has prompted many schools to require their security personnel to receive training in reacting to and mitigating the impact of active shooter/killer events on campus. Since ensuring the safety of students, faculty and guests is one of the highest priorities of any academic institution, it is essential that security personnel have the correct training to respond to active shooter/killer incidents in a manner that most effectively reduces casualties.
With decades of experience protecting school campuses, Summit has considerable expertise developing and conducting specialized security training curricula for security personnel deployed at academic institutions, including active shooter/killer situations. This training includes:
- Basic, DHS-Based Active Shooter Response Training for Unarmed Security Personnel
Training for unarmed security officers in basic active shooter/killer responses. This includes techniques for direct action against the active shooter as a last resort. Basic active shooter/killer response training is based on the DHS training model.
- Active Shooter Level 1 Training for Armed Security Personnel
Training for armed security personnel that teaches aggressive, pre-emptive actions, when possible, in active shooter responses, with curriculum based on the NYPD model developed by the NYPD Counter Terrorism Division.
- Value-Added Training for All Personnel: Predictive Behavioral Analytics Training
Summit offers specialized, predictive behavioral analytics training, which teaches security officers how to read the uncontrollable and universal elements of behavior to proactively identify threats and the most effective responses. This training integrates behavioral science (kinesic indicators, biometric cues, proxemics, group dynamics, and so forth) and applied U.S. military training. Security personnel learn to recognize pre-event indicators with a focus on reducing the risk of active shooter incidents.
For additional information on Summit’s wide range of security services for academic institutions, and how Summit’s advanced training programs can benefit your organization, please click here.