Integrated Security Solutions
The Next Evolution of Run, Hide, Fight
We are all familiar with the “Run, Hide, Fight” response strategy to an active shooter incident. These quick steps were created to maximize one’s chance of survival during such a traumatic incident. But, what if the chances of survival in such a situation could be dramatically improved? Enter Integrated Security Solutions, a newly developed, systematic approach to handling active shooter scenarios.
According to the FBI, active shooter incidents are on the rise. In 2000, there was one active shooter incident compared to 30 in 2017. There have been a total of 250 such incidents between 2000 and 2017 with 1,418 wounded and 799 killed.
FBI statistics also show that an average active shooter incident will last about 12.5 minutes. The average response time for law enforcement is about 18 minutes. It takes between four and six minutes for someone to call 9-1-1. That means, on average, authorities won’t arrive until the incident has been over for more than 10 minutes.
The most crucial factor in saving lives during an active shooter incident is shortening the gap between the time the incident starts and the time law enforcement arrives on the scene. The shorter the gap, the higher the probability of saving lives.
The Integrated Security Solution
This is where the Integrated Security Solution approach comes in. By using a combination of training drills, technology and physical security, the gap between the start of the event and the arrival of law enforcement can decrease.
The first part of the solution is a series of site-specific scenario drills and training, conducted by Red Ball Drills. These drills encourage discussion about procedures and policy without using aggressive actions, which can instill panic or fear. The drills work by surveying various employees and/or tenants and creating a response plan based on the survey results. For example, if the receptionist at the front desk feels he or she will immediately respond to an active shooter incident by hiding under the desk, how can we educate him or her to take action while hiding? Is it possible for him or her to alert others in the building or law enforcement while hiding?
The second part of the Integrated Security Solution approach involves indoor gunshot detection through electronic surveillance. This type of detection helps alert authorities whenever the acoustic bang and muzzle flash from a gun is detected. When used with proper IP surveillance cameras and a smart access control system, gunshot detection becomes a very powerful part of responding to active shooter incidents because it helps security personnel determine the location of the active shooter.
The last element of the Integrated Security Solution is actual physical security. Deploying security officers increases the survivability factor should an active shooter incident occur. In the event of an active shooter crisis, security personnel at a local Security Operations Center can act as a single point of command and control. They utilize Gunshot Detection Technology and Surveillance Systems to identify and track the shooter. They can provide crucial information to law enforcement, first responders and building occupants, and facilitate the active shooter response plan outlined during a Red Ball Drills training.
It is important to note that the Integrated Security Solution doesn’t replace the “Run, Hide, Fight” response. “Run, Hide, Fight” should always be encouraged. The Integrated Security Solution enhances the “Run, Hide, Fight” tactic and is the next step in the evolution of a comprehensive, holistic approach to mass shooting preparedness and response.
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