Due to the increase in criminal incidents within companies, schools, and government facilities, many institutions have begun to adopt threat response solutions to manage threat situations. Communication among those within the facility, secure connections to law enforcement, and threat-focused employee training may save lives during these events.
Hiding, the main strategy in many tactical response plans, requires that individuals lock themselves into rooms and block all visibility from outside. However, this strategy limits the amount of information these individuals have about the situation outside their rooms. The implementation of communication tools, such messaging systems or alerts, may enable some individuals to evacuate the facility safely. In addition, those in the path of the threat will be warned of approaching danger.
Laws, such as Alyssa’s Law, now require that schools connect to law enforcement through panic alarm systems. However, all institutions should consider such connections. Organizations should also collaborate with first responders during their tactical response plan development. In addition, police should have access to all internal communication and surveillance within the organization so they are able to deescalate the situation as quickly as possible.
Employees or teachers should be trained on the institution’s tactical response and evacuation plans. Additional training, such as self-defense and gun safety, including conceal and carry licensing, may also be offered. Teachers and employees should be trained to handle any situation in which the threat of bodily harm or death may occur. Then, these individuals should be empowered to use all the techniques they learned to mitigate the situation as quickly as possible.
Any institution may be a target of deadly threats. As you plan your tactical response to these situations, consider providing a way for your employees to share information during the event. Also, consider collaborating with your local police department and giving them access to your internal surveillance and any communication within the building. Finally, consider providing tactical training to your employees so they know what to do if such an event occurs.