Active Shooter Training
Response to Active Shooter Events: Policy, Plan, Response, and Recovery
Bergen County Regional SWAT Team
(Approximately 60 minutes)
The “Response to Active Shooter Events” training educates school personnel on formulating a proper security plan and sticking to it. The training emphasizes concepts which can be translated into a number of different scenarios. It also focuses on common questions and issues, such as windows, door shades, and fire alarms, which are all too often absent from other broad-based active shooter trainings. The training relies heavily on “proof of concept” by analysing these recommendations during actual school shooting events.
Too often generic active shooter trainings are merely a historical and statistical review of active shooter events. These trainings are of limited value to school personnel as they typically do not relate directly to actual skills that improve safety and survival.
School personnel who have a clear understanding of their security plan and strictly adhere to it increase their chances of surviving an active shooter event. They immediately begin to work their security plan during an active shooter event, and they have the ability to adjust the plan based on changing circumstances.
While school personnel often times understand what they are supposed to do during an active shooter event this training focuses on “why” they should do so. Understanding why certain concepts work will help increase survivability and lead to better planning before events unfold.