When it comes to managing sensitive equipment as a public safety officer, your firearms are some of the most high-risk assets you can leave improperly secured. While there’s been a lot of conversation in the media about how to use firearms responsibly, there are several best practices you can utilize to help ensure that they are only accessible to authorized personnel who are fully accountable for their use. Any solution you choose for managing your firearms should take the following into account.
This sounds intuitive, but how are you controlling your firearm access, and does that process truly mitigate as much risk as possible? Who currently has access to your armory, and how do those individuals access their weapons? This is arguably the most important part of firearm security, so you should choose a solution that allows you to quickly and reliably restrict firearm access to clearly vetted individuals. Yet, they must have the ability to release quickly in the event of an emergency, while still maintaining that high level of accountability and security.