Behavior Pattern Recognition for School Violence (4 hr., 8 hr. or 3 days)

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Strategos International has teamed with New Age Security Solutions to create doctrine and training for “Behavioral Pattern Recognition™ (BPR) for the School Active Shooter”.  New Age Security Solutions ( NASS – ) has extensive experience in providing “Behavioral Pattern Recognition” counter-terrorism training solutions as well as numerous other security solutions to U.S. federal, state, county, municipal and mass transit agencies.  The founder of NASS was formerly the Director of Security for Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport.   Strategos ( ) has extensive experience in training over 13,000 school, faith based, healthcare and workplace organizations related to real, practical and effective solutions in 3 phases of “active shooter & intruder response” crisis incidents . . . PREVENTION, RESPONSE and AFTER ACTION.

Information was very well presented!! The role playing scenario brought home to me how long three minutes actually is when you are scared!!! So empowering to be able to protect your room more than by just turning off the lights and locking the door! Excellent!! January 2, 2013
Stockton, MO

NASS and Strategos experience combined makes this course a must attend for SCHOOL personnel (administrators, teachers, staff) and LAW ENFORCEMENT personnel. (SRO’s, Supervisors & Front Line Officers)

“Behavior Pattern Recognition for School Active Shooters” course primarily focuses on the PREVENTION phase of active shooter incidents.

Who should attend: 
School Resource Officers (SRO’s), School Administrators, School Crisis Safety Team Members, School Board Members, Teachers,  Law Enforcement First Responders, Supervisors and Leadership.

In 2002 as a result of the Columbine School Massacre the United States Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education released the “Safe Schools Initiative” report that studied numerous school active shooter incidents from 1974 to 2000.  This report emphasized that they were not able to establish a “PROFILE” of the typical school shooter however; it did state that in 93% of the active shooter incidents the attacker did display several “BEHAVIORAL PRE-CURSORS” that were similar and concerning to others PRIOR to the commission of the act.

I did not take this course seriously when I signed up for it. I had an eye opener after being involved. I had been so naïve, possibly at the expense of other’s lives. These men did an awesome job waking me up!
Battle Creek, MI

Profiling” DEFINED is:  the use of specific characteristics related to race or age or gender, to make generalizations about a person and whether he or she may be or is about to be engaged in illegal activity.

Not only is “profiling” based on the above definition illegal it is minimally and practically in-effective for predicting current or future criminal behavior;  especially related to acts of terrorism or active shooter incidents..  What is effective in regards to criminals, terrorists and specifically the “school attacker” is examining what behavior patterns/pre-cursors or risk indicators are commonly present prior to the school attack being carried out.  The “Safe Schools Initiative” study reported that 81% of school attackers tell someone else about the planned attack PRIOR to it taking place.  Because of this reality emphasis on developing anonymous reporting and investigation protocols of these threats of attacks is also covered.  Not only will  we examine the “behavioral patterns” but we also examine some of the causal factors that lead to violence so that we can PREVENT these attacks before the attacker escalates their behavior to the point of carrying out the attack.

This course DOES NOT focus on trying to establish a “profile” but rather “behavioral patterns” that can be recognized in advance as well as socio-economic risk factors that contribute to “avenger” behavior” escalation and boundary probing behavior by the attacker.  RECOGNIZING “behavioral pre-cursors” is just part of the equation to preventing these incidents.  APPROACHING, INTERVIEWING (passive & targeted), DE-ESCALATION strategies for at risk students or persons that are exhibiting risk indicators is also a significant part of this course through education and practical exercises. A smaller portion of the course provides an overview of a few RESPONSE and AFTER ACTION strategies related to lockdown, lockdown failure and after action response.

Topics Covered:

  • Behavior vs. Profiling – Why Profiling DOES NOT Work
  • School Active Shooter Incidents – Evolution of School Attackers, Law Enforcement and School Personnel Response
  • Mental Health Correlation to School Attacks
  • Violence in Movies & Video Games Correlation to the School Shooter
  • Review of 2002 Safe Schools Initiative & 2008 S.S.I. Bystanders Study
  • Operation Environment Analysis & Assessment
  • Observing and Eliciting Behavior
  • Body Language Indicators for Concealed Armed Individuals
  • Approaches, Interviews and Impressions of Student Voluntary Encounters
  • Access Control & Credential Management
  • Incorporation of “De-escalation Philosophy” throughout BPR Methodology
  • Targeted Conversations
  • Lockdown & Lockdown Failure Protocols
  • What to expect from Law Enforcement Response to the School Shooters
  • Medical Response to the School Attack
  • Suspicious Object Response (SOR)
  • Preparation & Communication – Educating Parents & The Community as to their Role
  • Coping with the Crisis After Action – Physical Response & Emotional/Psychological Response