It's baseball season but in football terms, the 1st quarter is over with 3 quarters left in the year. We are hoping all is well with everyone so far.
The Nashville School Shooting shook our Country, and we are saddened for the innocent lives lost. Unfortunately, the aftermath of an Active Shooter situation looks very familiar, with many people having their own opinion on how to stop the violence. In the Law Enforcement & Security World, information is shared to help us improve what we do and ultimately help save lives.
The Run, Hide, Fight principles are the best response to an Active Shooter situation. However, as a Security professional it is vital we have a Threat Assessment mindset and have the keen ability to spot violence before it happens.
Per the final report of the Safe School Initiative (a study conducted after the Columbine Shootings by the US Secret Service and US Dept of Education) they found that in most cases the shooter had planned the shooting for a period of time. Which means that the warning signs were there but they were missed and in most cases, ignored.
As the great late author Edward Everett Hale said, "I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do. And by the grace of God, I will."
We can all do our part to help build a safer tomorrow, starting today.
Below are just some way's we can do our part in building a safer workplace:
1. Always be Learning- Active Shooter Awareness, Workplace Violence Prevention, S.A.F.E, etc.
2. Be Consistent- On time, conducting patrols, access control procedures, etc.
3. Alert-Having Situational Awareness requires effort, knowing the people, building and the environment.
4. Care-If your heart is in your job (protection of people & property) it will shine through in all that you do.
5. Detect-By using proactive observation & perception.
6. Deter-(prevent crimes from occurring) maintain high visibility, vary patrol routes / times.
7. Report-report and record (both written and verbal) all observations and contacts per employer policy. If you see something, say something.