After the Shooting Stops

The gunshots that filled the halls a few minutes earlier have ended, but the all-clear to bring in the EMS personnel won’t come until after the shooter has been taken from the scene and after a final check to make sure he acted alone. While minutes tick away – sometimes just a few, sometimes a couple of hours – blood continues to flow. Blood from wounds that could be life-threatening if not treated right now, by someone already on the scene. Treated by a law enforcement officer who has completed Level II ALERRT training. read more…

The Immediate First Responder

School resource officers (SROs) are more than just police officers assigned full time to a school: They are the immediate first responders to any incidents that happen on campus. read more…

Providing a Bird’s-Eye View to Local Law Enforcement

The facts laid out in the Incident Command Post Briefing sound grim indeed: senior boy with a weapon and an unknown amount of ammunition, a teacher and 20 students held hostage in a second-floor classroom. Although the first responders and SWAT team members have some knowledge of the interior based on an active shooter drill held three months earlier, they don’t have to rely on their memories alone. Large-format maps provided by the New Hampshire Department of Safety, complete with floor plans and color-coding, fill in the details. read more…

Direct Line to Emergency Dispatch

After several days of inclement weather that curtailed outdoor recess, the children racing around the playground seem supercharged with energy from all the sunshine. Then a shriek cuts through the bright scene: “Help, help, he’s having a seizure!” As the playground aide races toward the cries, she makes one click on her portable radio, and immediately alerts emergency dispatch to respond to the school. read more…

Hero911 and School Guard Work Together for Safer Schools

The question being asked by the app is at once simple and terrifying: Confirm armed intruder? With one stab of a finger indicating yes, a 911 call goes out and a burst message goes to all the other smartphones carried by teachers in the school.

And to the smartphones of every participating law enforcement officer within a 10-mile radius, whether on duty or off. read more…

FBI Promotes Partnership Approach to Planning for Active Shooter Incidents

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) offers extensive resources related to handling active shooter incidents on its website, resources from within the FBI itself and from a number of other federal and partner agencies. The Active Shooter/Mass Casualty Incidents page notes that “[t]he successful prevention of these active shooter incidents lies with a wide range of public and private entities all working together.” And the Bureau doesn’t merely dispense that as advice, it implements it as practice with co-authored products such as guides to developing emergency operations plans and ongoing assistance, on request, to college and university threat assessment teams. read more…

Free Tipline Lets Students Use the “Cyber in Their Pockets”

The forms come into the school’s Tipline portal on a steady basis, two one day, three the next. Similar in content, but different enough to tell they come from different children. They all report the same problem: bullying. Bullying in the third grade. No wrongdoer is named, but the tips provide enough information to let administrators know there’s a problem they need to address. A problem that could have gone unnoticed without the help of the Kentucky Center for School Safety’s STOP! tipline. read more…

Connecticut Town Adapts Technology for School Safety

“Code Red. West Vine Street School. Police are on their way.”

As the message goes out across the school’s public address system and alert lights begin to flash, simultaneous dispatches go out to the local police department, to fire and rescue, and to a neighboring law enforcement agency for mutual aid. Fire doors close and lock throughout the school building, confining the intruder to a small space. An officer in the department’s command center activates access to the school’s surveillance cameras, ready to direct the first responders who are already pulling into the parking lot to the spot where they are needed. read more…

Simple Device Secures Doors, Peace of Mind

The words crackle over the loudspeaker: “Attention. We have a lockdown situation. Repeat, we have a lockdown situation.” Just as they have in drills, the students quickly move to the rear of the classroom. The teacher follows, but not before she lifts a horseshoe-shaped object from its bracket next to the classroom door and drops it into place, securing the door more surely than any dead bolt can do. read more…

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