Preparing for a school shooting: 13 lessons learned during a training exercise

"Shots fired in the school. Several students down. Gunmen are still in the building with hostages."

Is your agency prepared for a call like that?

Do you have a tested emergency response plan in place to handle a mass emergency like a school shooting? In light of recent news reports of active shooters terrorizing schools across the country—even a one-room Amish schoolhouse in which at least 6 people were killed—it is wise to ensure that you do have such a plan in place.

Beloit (WI) PD wisely anticipated the risk of school shootings several years ago and held an intense mass emergency training exercise at a local middle school. The lessons learned that day are still valid today.

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