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JAN 2019

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26 POLICE JANUARY 2019 meet industry and insurance standards. ese presentations from you about ac- tive shooter response tie in with their company training. Of course your goal in presenting the training is not to help local businesses with their insurance. But you want to cre- ate a team so to speak, with the business community and police working together. is is a strong bridge to the next logical steps of engaging the rest of the commu- nity base. Business leaders and employ- ees have other memberships that will help you create links to other groups. COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Local law enforcement leaders are always on the speaking circuit within their com- WHAT MOST BUSINESS LEADERS AND CLERGY HAVE REALIZED IS THAT THEIR CHILDREN HAVE MORE TRAINING IN ACTIVE SHOOTER REACTION THAN THEY DO. school shooting occurred in 2006. So it has already happened here, and not that long ago. Next, I ask them this question: "If you knew you were going to be in a fight for your life tomorrow, what would you do to prepare for it today?" Before they answer I tell them, "If the time to perform arrives, then the time to pre- pare has passed." Most of them then become believers. Many departments are now besieged by groups requesting active shooter response training. is is a dilemma for many chiefs and sheriffs who are faced with new demands: Now, how do we offer this and are we reaching all of our customer base? Before you can start educating the community about what to do in case of an active shooter attack, you have to build rela- tionships with community groups. THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY One of the best ways to connect with your business commu- nity is by becoming a member of or participating in your local chamber of commerce or similar business-focused organiza- tion in your community. In my case, it is a requirement for me to be a member of the COC. In the meetings, I can network and mingle with business leaders and owners. One successful way of engaging other members in this environment is to attend mixers and informal educational meetings such as the brown bag lunch and learn program or even formal presentations. When you have presented to your groups, prepare for the fol- low-up calls. Many businesses have required safety training to munities; it's part of the job. e organizations that we speak to are usually service-oriented or philanthropic, business, fra- ternal, veteran, or religious groups. Many of these groups have community safety initiatives, which is a great connection be- tween your department's mission and their missions. When presenting before these groups, you will find the members often have connections to even more organizations. I have been amazed through the years that one presentation can often open doors into many other organizations. HOUSES OF WORSHIP Due to the diversity of faiths within our country, it can be diffi- cult to reach out to all of your houses of worship. Most depart- ment leaders or emergency managers will have some listed contacts for larger houses of worship that are used for emergen- cy sheltering. But it can be difficult to contact smaller houses of worship. Not all have a traditional telephone or are on social media. e best starting point is to contact your local ecumenical association or any organization where your local religious leaders of all faiths gather together. If you are invited to meet with them, this will be a great connection. Most of the time they wish to hear about current issues so that they can assist the community and law enforcement. Providing for the home- less, helping people with addictions, and helping people affect- ed by economic problems or disasters are their mainstays. But PHOTOS : GETTY IMAGES TALKING TO THE COMMUNITY ABOUT ACTIVE SHOOTERS

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