Has your office been subject to any of these programs?
- Training only for the worst
- Overdoing it
Continue reading why these are three big mistakes when it comes to active shooter training.
TRAINING ONLY FOR THE WORST
The biggest part of your company’s active shooter training should not be “what do we do if something happens.” It should be “how do we keep something from happening.”
According to the FBI, more than half of persons who observed a pre-cursor to an active shooter event said nothing about it. More than half….that is a staggering statistic.
This information should be used by everyone to select the appropriate training program for their organization. A well-rounded program should be selected that educates members of your organization on recognizing and reporting potential indicators of violence.
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OVER DOING IT
If you can do it, you can overdo it. Often active shooter training companies, as we do at ATS, utilize prior law enforcement and military personnel.
The difference is, we leave our past experience in the field and use it to create a curriculum for the future. The training methods we were exposed to aren’t nearly as effective in the workplace and can often lead to a negative training experience where employees feel frightened.
No. No. No. No……This is one of the biggest deficits to active shooter training as a whole. We know that we are talking about an extremely unsettling subject matter.
How this training is presented is vital to the safety of your employees and the success of your training program. Using simulated weapons, firing blanks, Airsoft guns, whatever…those methods have no business being used inside of a corporate environment. That is the equivalent of taking a baseball bat to a football game, it may work great in a baseball game, but it is counterproductive on the football field.