POLICE Magazine

MAR 2019

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18 POLICE MARCH 2019 After working for 27 years in workplace and school violence prevention, I have come to several less-than-positive conclusions about the tens of thousands of people I have trained. Most of them are nice folks, well-meaning, and respectful of my messages to them during the countless numbers of short and long classes I have taught on the concepts of both why work- place and school perpetrators do what they do and how we must stop them. I have stood in front of so many peo- ple, saying the same things over and over (and over and over) about interre- lated issues. ese include things like pre-attack warning signs, perpetrators who leak information to people other than their targets, avoiding "profile" thinking, having the courage to speak to their company or school safety and security stakeholders, and knowing when and what to say to them about what they have seen or heard to help us stop these attacks. Yet I still feel like too many of them are floating on that big barge on that long river in Egypt known as "Denial." Despite the fact that this country has moved from having one mass shooting in 2000 (at a software company in Mas- sachusetts) to 30 to 40 serious events per year, there is still the mentality that "it can't happen here" or "those things mostly happen in high-crime cities." PHOTO: GET T Y IMAGES PHOTO: POLICE FILE g IT'S IMPORTANT THAT OFFICERS KNOW HOW CIVILIANS MAY REACT TO A SHOOTING ATTACK AND POLICE RESPONSE TO THE ATTACK . STEVE ALBRECHT ACTIVE SHOOTER RESPONSE FROM THE SURVIVORS' PERSPECTIVES Many victims of an active shooter attack will mistake responding officers for shooters coming back to finish the job.

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