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Active Shooter in Schools (Part 2)

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Schools can prepare to respond to active shooter scenarios in many ways. Implementing technical security solutions, conducting routine drills, and establishing active shooter action plans allow schools to quickly protect teachers and students if a shooter enters. Local law enforcement should also be included in active shooter drills to ensure efficient cooperation during an attack.

Technical security systems can identify threats and notify others of an active shooter in the school. For example, video/audio phone systems can be deployed at entrances so that people must be validated before granted entry to the school. Panic buttons can also be installed to notify teachers and students of an active shooter. The panic system can also be configured to communicate with local law enforcement in the event of an active shooter to facilitate prompt response and minimize casualties. Public address systems are important so real-time instructions can be given regarding an active school shooter.

Video surveillance and access control systems also play an important role in detecting, deterring, and defending against active shooters. Most criminals seek easy targets. Schools with these technical security systems in place constitute a harder target than what an active shooter may want. However, since many active shooters don’t plan on surviving the incident, proper procedures and protocols must be in place to delay and frustrate active shooter attack, especially in schools. These solutions provide first responders with very helpful information about the active shooter that will result in saving lives.

Please join us next week here at The O as we further explore protections against active school shooters.

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Sean Crain is founder and CEO of Orion Security Solutions (OSS). Prior to starting OSS, Sean spent over eight years with the U.S. Department of State as a Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Officer working in nearly 40 countries on 6 continents around the world including Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, Switzerland, Indonesia, Australia, Cambodia, Austria, Germany, Poland, Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Brazil, Peru, and Columbia.

He received advanced training in the techniques and methodologies of counter intelligence and anti-terrorism in order to carry out responsibilities which included designing, installing, and maintaining state-of-the-art security solutions to protect national security information, U.S Embassies and other sensitive U.S. facilities, and diplomatic personnel, including U.S. Presidents and Secretaries of State. Sean was also called upon to design and implement security protocols and systems which included video surveillance, intruder detection, access controls, locks, perimeter security, and assessments. He also played an integral role in writing the U.S. Department of State security policies for post communications centers, controlled access areas, and building management systems in U.S. Embassies, U.S. Consulates, and inter-agency facilities worldwide.