Monthly Archives: October 2013

Intruder Response – Strategos International

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In an effort to let those know that visit this site what the background of Strategos as a company is we have outlined below our mission and background within various areas. The founders and staff of Strategos represent hundreds of years of “real world” experience related to the various topics that they each teach.

Strategos was founded in 2002 under the name of Strategos International, L.L.C. as a Missouri based Limited Liability Corporation. From 1998-2002 the founders of Strategos were previously training directors for the Surefire Institute, tactical training division of Surefire, L.L.C., a California based law enforcement and military lighting products company. Co-owners of Strategos have over 40 years combined of law enforcement service, tactical training instruction and consulting experience.

Strategos has trained over 25,000 law enforcement, military, church, school, security and business professionals since 2002. Our instructors possess many different types expertise along a wide array of tactical, live-fire, corporate/church security and organizational development topics.  Strategos primarily trains and consults within the United States be we have conducted training and demos in 15 countries all around the world as well, including France, Canada, United Kingdom, Singapore, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Germany and Switzerland.

For a list of references in regards training and consulting services we have provided to schools, faith based, workplace, universities and government organizations please email us at training@strategosintl.com.

Security firm discusses school safety

Mark Warren, with Strategos security firm, speaks to a group of parents and teachers Monday night at Kilpatrick Elementary School. Warren was discussing how to help prevent a school shooting.

About 800 Texarkana, Ark., School District staff members across four campuses underwent intensive safety and security training Monday morning.

The training session was provided by Missouri-based Strategos International LLC from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Trice and Kilpatrick elementary schools, Arkansas High School and North Heights Junior High.

“Today we had probably the best training we’ve ever had. The hands-on training was invaluable,” Superintendent Becky Kesler said.

The training session was for all staff, from teachers to custodians and everyone in between. Teachers learned important safety techniques to be used in a lockdown situation, and bus drivers learned advanced techniques to control access to their vehicles and further protect their passengers.

“A bus is an extension of the school campus; it’s a rolling classroom. Bus drivers potentially face the same dangers as those inside the schoolroom,” said Strategos Vice President Mark Warren.

Texarkana, Ark., police also took part in the training. Warren noted the importance for community and police to follow the same plan to avoid conflict.

“We focused on what to do when a lockdown fails. These are the nightmare situations. Sandy Hook, Columbine and Virginia Tech were all lockdown failures,” said Strategos President Vaughn Baker.

The security firm also took photos of campus facilities to provide safety assessments of the campuses.

“We’ll use the photos to find possible weaknesses and recommend improvements for safety,” Warren said.

Monday evening Strategos offered a presentation for parents to help identify possible signs of danger and what to do if they encounter them. The session addressed the importance of getting involved to protect the community and what parents and school staff can do to ensure safety.

During the presentation, Warren discussed how some school attackers fall through the cracks.

“People who may have heard warning signs that an attack is possible often misjudge the situation. They often don’t realize the likelihood or immediacy of potential attacks,” Warren said. “The most important aspect in these situations is not response, but prevention.”

The security firm noted threats of suicide, bullying, interest in weapons and fighting and threats against peers are all potential danger signs.

“These are things that must be taken seriously and can potentially be deadly,” Warren said.

Strategos also emphasized the importance of following procedures in a worst-case scenario, especially responding to a designated area other than the school.

“It’s difficult to resist, but we can’t get in the way of emergency personnel. Access can quickly be blocked for emergency vehicles,” Warren said.