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MAR 2019

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8 Security Business / www.SecurityInfoWatch.com / March 2019 is now in charge of security training program development for Atlanta- based integrator Tech Systems. He spearheads the company's active shooter training classes for end-users. He walked me through one of his typi- cal active shooter training scenarios: "I have someone come into a room with a NERF gun, everyone hides under their desk, and he just methodically shoots everyone," Reilly explained as part of our March 2017 cover story (www.securityinfowatch. com/12310557). "Next, I send the 'shooter' out of the room and this time I give everyone under the desks foam balls and I tell them to throw them at him. When the people throw their balls, the shooter is flinching and he is much less accurate." So, it seems those folks in Michigan weren't so unusual aer all. But per- haps the most important part of the article is buried way down at the bot- tom: "e union is hoping the pucks can help bolster a fundraising cam- paign for (classroom) door locks. Each (puck) has an ID number for volun- tary donations to the campaign." The Puck Stops Here Why integrators should be deeply involved in active shooter defense training I it is amazing how easily a sensational headline can grab you. Here's a recent one from SecurityInfoWatch.com that easily got my attention: Faculty at Michigan University Armed with Hockey Pucks for Active Shooter Defense How easily the vision of a professor, hiding behind a desk, ready to hurl a puck fastball at someone's head, comes to mind. And of course, once the absurdity of that vision takes over... maybe you laugh, maybe you cry. Either way, you probably were thankful that you aren't that Michigan university's security integrator of record. It seems they might be in need of a trusted security advisor. Let me backpedal here for a minute. According to the article, the American Association of University Professors supplied hockey pucks to about 800 of its union members at Oakland University. A local television news station also reported that the union is working with student organizations to distribute about 1,700 of the hockey pucks to students. Oakland University Police Chief Mark Gordon told the television sta- tion that his department will hold training sessions on how to use hockey pucks or other solid objects to try and stop an active shooter. It actuality, the pucks aren't a horri- ble idea – just unusual it its execution. Two years ago, I interviewed Shawn Reilly, a former security director who Editor's Note BY PAUL ROTHMAN Paul Rothman, Editor-in-Chief Sounds like they are in need of a good integrator after all – not only one who can recommend and install those locks, but also one who can help secure the funding for them without asking for donations via hockey puck." @SecBusinessMag www.facebook.com/SecBusinessMag www.SecurityInfoWatch.com/fast50 www.linkedin.com/company/16179507 Sounds like they are in need of a good integrator aer all – not only one who can recommend and install those locks, but also one who can help secure the funding for them without asking for donations via hockey puck. Once those locks are in place, odds are they will need that trusted integrator to help with the active shooter train- ing to tie it all together. If you are looking for more active shooter mitigation strategies, I would encourage you to attend the upcom- ing SecurityInfoWatch webinar on the topic, hosted by security experts Gerald Wilkins and Paul Timm. e live broadcast is on March 14, but you can catch the archived version (and earn CEUs) by registering at www. securityinfowatch.com/webinars. ■ Email me your comments/questions at prothman@securitybusinessmag.com

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