The Guide for Preventing and Responding to School Violence 2nd Edition published by the International Chiefs of Police Association reveals the background surrounding these issues succinctly: “School violence has come into the public eye after deadly multiple shootings in such places as Littleton, Colorado; Jonesboro, Arkansas; Santee, California; Red Lake, Minnesota; Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania; and Cleveland, Ohio. The possibility of school shootings has become an issue for urban, rural, and suburban communities alike. Since 1992, more than 40 schools have experienced multiple victim homicides, many in communities where people previously believed “it couldn’t happen here.” Given the number of students and schools in the United States, multiple-victim homicides are still extremely rare, and in recent years, the overall rate of violence in schools has actually declined. Physical conflicts, threats, and harassment are, however, still common.”
In a recent interview, Chief of Police Joseph Solomon, a national expert in the areas of school safety and active shooter preparation, prevention and response protocols made the following comment: “There are numerous factors to consider when addressing the growing violence within and around our nation’s schools. The shooters mindset has shifted to “Mass Killing” and institutions can no longer plan on negotiating with a shooter. They must be well prepared and have a plan in place that focuses on prevention and early warning of an assault. This requires analysis, training and immediately putting into place a well thought out plan aimed at mitigating the results and neutralizing the shooter.”
Additional, during the interview with Chief Solomon he further outlined based on an analysis of recent mass school shootings that in order to prepare to respond schools need to conduct a full threat assessment which identifies weaknesses; create a prevention plan and a plan of action. These plans must take into consideration, early warning, early action, and a tested plan of action. The action plan must include the response options from pre shooting to post shooting and beyond.
Our staff instructors have a wide range of experience from threat assessment to designing school safety and security response plans, implementation of plan options and crisis response and active shooter response training. Our staff instructors have conducted threat assessments, designed, implemented and tested various school safety plans at various school campuses from K-12 through college campuses.”
The staff of the Institute of School Safety and Security is comprised of veteran law enforcement professionals with a career of training and experience in:
• School safety and security,
• Threat detection and response,
• Crime prevention and detection,
• Emergency response,
• Tactical operations,
• Tactical medical response and
• Special operations.
Our staff has extensive experience in school safety and security which covers all grade levels from K-12 through college. Our staff instructors are certified in all areas of active shooter and crisis response options. Our instructors hold national and state certifications, including from the A.L.I.C.E. Institute, The National Rifle Association, The Massachusetts Police Tanning Commission and various other organizations.
Our staff instructors have implemented hybrid school safety and security plans that include the ALICE tactics (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate), the Run, Hide and Fight tactics, Our custom Crisis Response Options tactics, as well as other custom solutions.
Our response options are currently in place in both municipal, state and private schools throughout New England. Our training is custom designed to fit the specific location and individuals that occupy the location.
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