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JAN 2019

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POLICEMAG.COM 27 after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and the Texas church shooting, you have to talk to them about attacks on houses of worship, including active shooters. Houses of worship today are the most vulnerable of all of the community's assets. And sadly, today's crime prevention pre- sentation for houses of worship must go far beyond locking the building and securing any valuables. I strongly recommend an enhanced crime prevention strategy for houses of worship that includes safety team training and active shooter response training. GETTING STARTED If your department does not have an active shooter presenta- tion for the masses, invest the time of your training staff and offer presentations to your community. Your community will embrace it and be grateful. Until then, if you can identify a trusted trainer with a solid product, seek them out. Personally, I have performed many presentations within my region through our local task force. ere are a number of programs that can help you produce a quality active shooter training program. Here's a quick look at some of them. "Run. Hide. Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event" is a video from the Department of Homeland Security. It's on You- Tube in English and Spanish, and with subtitles. Although this is a mere start of what a good presentation should be, it pro- vides a basic foundation on what to do should an active shooter attack. It also promotes discussion and questions, so be pre- pared to moderate. ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) offers law enforcement training on its Civilian Re- sponse to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) program. Visit the ALERRT Website (https://alerrt.org) to review the available training. And there are many more active shooter response programs and qualified trainers. A Web search will give you a list to start with. Research them as to what is more compatible with your department's needs and budget. Also, I always recommend that you ask for past customers' names so that you can perform your own due diligence in selecting a vendor or program. In closing, engaging your community is a continual, evolv- ing process that requires sweat equity. It is difficult for the new chief or sheriff, especially if they are new to the area. ese ideas should help assist you in gaining better connectivity with your customer base and help you educate them on what to do in case of an active shooter event. William L. "Bill" Harvey is the chief of the Ephrata (PA) Police Department. He retired from the Savannah (GA) Police Depart- ment where he worked assignments in training, patrol, and CID. Harvey has more than 25 years of experience working with re- cruits, rookies, and FTOs. MANY CRITICAL TOPICS. ONE INCLUSIVE SERIES. Be prepared for the unexpected with scenario-based guidelines at your fingertips. American Military University's Visor Cards cover 12 critical topics ranging from Officer Stress Management to Recognizing Human Trafficking Victims, and more. Request your complimentary cards today and we'll ship them to you at no cost so you're always prepared to respond. Order your visor cards or apply today at AMUonline.com/visor-cards

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