Conference Date
Texas: Irving, TX | June 25-26 | East: Herndon, VA | July 19-20
West: Pasadena, CA | July 31-August 1

Active Killer Response for Armed and Unarmed Security: Understanding Roles and Procedures during an Event

Monday, July 31, 2017 | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Shannon Wasley

Oakwood School
Director of Health, Safety, and Security

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In June 2014, a police chase in the Los Angeles area ended in front of a K-12 independent school where the subject, armed with an assault rifle, barricaded himself in a neighboring home. Due to the proximity of the police chase to the school, a security team had secured the perimeter prior to the chase moving through the area, but this left several unarmed individuals in front of locked doors as the gunman ran down the street looking for cover. It also put a spotlight on several areas where the school was lacking in regards to emergency response.

This session will review the lessons learned following what became a two-hour stand-off with SWAT team response, including the role of unarmed security officers, communication during emergencies, training considerations, social media and news coverage access by students, dismissal procedures and recovery. 

Session Sneak Peek

Learning Objective 1: Attendees will assess the arguments for and against armed security officers and learn how unarmed and armed security officers may react in incidents involving armed assailants. Topics include the training that armed guards receive as well as the question of safety for students and staff when firearms are present on campus. Depending on where they stand on the issue, attendees will be able to return to their own schools to present information supporting both sides of the armed security argument.

Learning Objective 2: Attendees will learn about the use of phone devices as announcement devices and the importance of radio communication between key personnel. Attendees will also learn how to break lockdown training into more personal instruction as faculty and staff learning in larger faculty meetings often doesn’t address the concerns they have in their own classrooms/offices. Finally, the dispersal of emergency supplies across various areas of campus will be discussed as well as the importance of having area-specific emergency supplies (i.e. window coverings, etc.) available as needed.

Learning Objective 3: Attendees will learn why student and parent response to emergencies is a major component to any type of situation. This session will cover student access to cell phones, iPads and computers in emergencies and whether media coverage should be viewed during lockdown events. Attendees will also hear about dismissal guidelines in an emergency when evacuation points are not secured by gates or barriers, as the students in this incident were evacuated to a nearby park.

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