School Active Shooter & Intruder Response (4 or 8 hrs.)

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This 4 hour OR 8 hr. course is designed to bridge the gap between responding officers and school faculty, administrators and other school personnel in an active shooter situation. The course is designed to assist school personnel in their ability to: prevent; report; and protect themselves and their students from an active shooter during the critical moments while waiting for a police presence to arrive and what to expect from the officers once they are on scene. It is also designed to provide law enforcement officers with the necessary skill sets and mindset to properly respond to these extremely difficult situations.

Excellent course! The presentation was informative, interesting and eye opening!! The afternoon session was so beneficial. Hands on practice made me feel more empowered and safe!!  Instructor was very knowledgeable, prepared and entertaining! I am so glad I attended the course!! I highly recommend it! August 6, 2012
South Elementary SchoolJackson, MO

4 hr. Active Shooter & Intruder Response for School Personnel
(LOCKDOWN & LOCKDOWN FAILURE RESPONSE)

This 4 hr. course is designed to provide information and educate all school personnel (administrators, teachers, reception/secretarial, support staff) on effective RESPONSE strategies for what to do in an active shooter situation. This course is based on our experience in educating over 75,000 school personnel all over the United States on this important topic since 2007. The course is designed to assist school personnel in their ability to: prevent; report; and protect themselves and their students from an active shooter during the critical moments while waiting for a police presence to arrive and what to expect from the officers once they are on scene. It is also designed to provide law enforcement officers with the necessary skill sets and mindset to properly respond to these extremely difficult situations.

Overview and historical examination of the evolution of school active shooter events (Enoch Brown, Columbine, VA Tech, Sandy Hook) from the attacker, law enforcement and school based perspectives is an important part of this course. Additionally and an examination of lessons learned from each of these events is discussed.

Response – Course includes an in depth analysis of recommended school lockdown (prevent access) protocols from both a “Threat Outside” and “Threat Inside” perspective as well as in depth discussion and video demonstration of lockdown failure protocols that is taught as the “3 OUT APPROACH” to lockdown and lockdown failure. Most school systems have a plan or policy for what to do during “lockdown” however very few schools have given any consideration for what to do when “LOCKDOWN FAILS!” Unfortunately most of the mass casualty school active shooter incidents across the country have been as a result of lockdown failure or not ever having a chance to get into lockdown and then not knowing what to do. Includes audio and video learning tools that encourage discussion and demonstrate lockdown and lockdown failure protocols for various parts of the school as well as various types of doors (open-in and open-out) and with particular focus on securing areas without locks using a layering and reinforcement strategies. Additionally visitor access control/management and entrance area security strategies are discussed as well.

8 hr. Active Shooter & Intruder Response for School Personnel

The 8 hour version of the course also covers information on the PREVENTION phase of these types of incidents.

Prevention – The “prevention” portion of the 8 hr. course includes an in depth analysis of the U.S. Secret Service/Dept. of Education “2002 Safe Schools Initiative Study” as well as the U.S. Secret Service/Dept. of Education “2002 Safe Schools Initiative – BYSTANDERS Study”. This section provide useful information related to the PREVENTION PHASE of school active shooter response to include; reporting, investigation, police development considerations, behavioral pre-cursors; threat assessment, recognition of risk indicators and communication within the school, parents and overall community.

Both of the above courses will be broken into two modules. The first portion will be a classroom portion covering the following areas: Overview and historical examination of active shooters; an examination of lessons learned; Behavioral pre-cursors; threat assessments; School lockdowns; what to do when a lockdown fails and Rapid deployment response by law enforcement personnel. The second portion will be a four hour practical hands on training block for law enforcement consisting of drills, scenarios and exercises. During this block school personnel will participate so that they can practice the lockdown & lockdown failure strategies and principles that were previously demonstrated.

A walk through of the school and classrooms to cover the safe areas of various rooms and what makes them the safest area.

  • Discussion and hands on practice of lock down concept
  • What to do if a lock down fails
  • Secondary exit points
  • When to get out and why
  • How to fight back in case of a lock down failure including improvised weapons
  • Final exercise with the LE students with the opportunity to practice the various levels of lockdowns, lockdown failures and evacuation principles covered in the class and hands-on portion.
  • Recognize and understand phenomenon of “Normalcy Bias” and training relative to overcoming this phenomenon
  • Understand sensory based decision making and how it affects proper and improper response to the crisis


Additionally we can conduct and evening seminar titled “Parent’s & Community’s Role to the threat of School Active Shooters” on same evenings as the course for parents and community members. Historically these have been very well received and go a long ways towards giving parents and the community in general peace of mind that your school district is doing everything you can to prepare for this worse case scenario event. The format for these presentations is a 1 to 1 1⁄2 hour lecture in an assembly format that discusses history & demographics of these events as well as educating parents as to what they can do as far as discussions with their kids as far as the importance of sharing information with an adult if they hear something in the form of jokes or rumors. Additionally we emphasize the statistics and realities that overall schools historically are very safe places to be. These evening sessions for the community have been very well received.

Contact us for a quote and availability
Email: training@strategosintl.com
Phone: 888-569-5444