Security 500  Conference

Security 500  Conference

Active Shooter Incidents and Interoperability: What Needs to Change?

In any active shooter situations, coordinated communication is critical, but often elusive. Why is that still the case and what needs to be done to ensure that all first responders can communicate with enterprise security?

Twenty-one states around the country, from California to Maryland, saw active shooter incidents in the two-year period from 2016 to 2017, ten more than in the previous two-year period, according to FBI data. An active shooter event can take occur anywhere and at any time. If an active shooter took place at your enterprise, could all response teams communicate?

In an active shooter situation when every second counts, security, police, fire, EMS teams, and more all need to communicate -- two-way radio, voice telephony, video, text and data—in real time. Yet often, interoperable communications is lacking.  

With a lack of real-time information sharing, first responders typically spend the first several minutes after arriving on scene on getting a debrief from emergency managers or other security staff. Those countless minutes could be better spent locating the active shooter or trespasser on campus, who is endangering students and staff, for example, which illustrates how more time saved can mean more lives saved. 

It’s time for every enterprise to ensure that security can quickly and accurately share information with all first responders to provide a real-time, holistic view of any active shooter situation.   

This panel discussion will include the following panelists, two of whom have been directly involved in active shooter situations within their schools.

Guy M. Grace – Director of Security and Emergency Planning, Littleton Public Schools
Ken Dixon – Security and Public Safety Operations, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Tom M. Conley – President & C.E.O., The Conley Group, Inc.

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