Active Shooter

 

 

According to news reports, more than 88 mass casualty events, a distinct category of shootings taking place in a public setting, have taken place in the last 30 years, or roughly 1 every 4 months.  However, statistics show the rate of mass casualty shootings is increasing, meaning that, unfortunately, first responders will likely come across one this type of event in the near future — and potentially many times throughout their careers.

The Justice Clearinghouse covers the topic of Mass Casualty and Emergency Management on a regular basis: through the webinars we hold, the articles we write, as well as the articles we curate from other respected sources.

Begin or enhance your knowledge about how to respond to, prepare for, and recover from Mass Casualty and other major Emergency events by reviewing some of the information below.

 

Upcoming Webinars

Sandra K. Antoniak
08 / 17 / 2021

Risk assessment, when applied to youth who have committed physical or sexual violence, is the process of evaluating the youth for behaviors and characteristics that would impact the likelihood of [...]

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Vaughn Baker
09 / 16 / 2021

Have you had an employee that co-workers or supervisors were concerned about their behavior related to potential violence or self-harm? Has progressive discipline related to decreased performance now reached the [...]

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Jonni Redick
10 / 28 / 2021

Researchers defined crisis as a common, though often unexpected, time-sensitive, high-impact event that may disrupt organizational functioning and pose relational threats. In a Deloitte online poll of more than 2,000 C-suite [...]

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Recorded Webinars

Sandra K. Antoniak

One in every ten violent crimes committed in the US is perpetrated by a person younger than 18 years old. Violence perpetrated by youth is truly unsettling. It also makes us, [...]

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Ben Gorban
Frank Straub, PhD
Jennifer Zeunik

It’s been said time and again, it’s only failure if you don’t learn from it. In the current political climate where law enforcement is under scrutiny, efforts [...]

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Mark Warren

By nature, humans tend to avoid thinking of the negative things we have to deal with. This tendency limits our ability to deal with the negativity when it comes. But [...]

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Mark Warren

Active shooters tend to take their own lives immediately after they carried out their planned destruction. Thus, the motivation behind active shooter attacks remains to be somewhat of a mystery. [...]

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Rob Weinhold

In the law enforcement arena, it is not a matter of if a crisis will hit, but when will it hit. Crises may mean time, money, customers, careers and, in [...]

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Clifford Pinkney
David Hutchinson
Mark Pfeifle
James Stuart
David Beth

Incidents of civil unrest have been materializing in different parts of the US. The issue itself is complex and unfortunately, it is the law enforcement agencies that are bearing the [...]

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Grant McDougall

Despite opposing opinions and stances on many factors surrounding school shootings, if there’s one thing that the entire population can agree on it, it is that the carnage has [...]

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Jim Martin

Preparing for critical incidents – not so easy. How to make it even more challenging? Make the setting be a jail. This is exactly what happens in the scenario Jim Martin [...]

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Diane Robinson

Hurricane Dorian is one of the most recent storms that created massive devastation within the west of the Atlantic Ocean.  It struck the Bahamas and other neighboring islands and also [...]

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Wendy Stiver

When push comes to shove planning and preparedness can only go so far. In these instances, building and fostering relationships has been proven to be effective in getting the resources [...]

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Mark Warren

Webinar Video Clip: Domestic Violence Comes to Work -- Signs Symptoms and Response  Too often, domestic violence is a problem that remains contained within the walls of the household. But [...]

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Halcyon Frank

Preparation is key for 9-1-1 centers in every scenario.  Mass shooting incidents are increasing throughout the country.  Preparing for the initial calls, gathering the information, and relaying that information [...]

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Rob Weinhold

We often think that we’re all prepared and got all bases covered until a crisis hits us. A crisis can just turn lives and organizations 180 degrees, disrupting established systems [...]

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Mark Warren

In this three-part seminar series we start with a question we often use in class: Somewhere in your community today, there is someone that you believe could be capable of [...]

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Janee’ Boswell

Back in 2013, Colorado was devastated by a natural disaster that affected 17 counties with lives lost, properties destroyed or damaged, and families and animals displaced – at least $2 billion worth of losses. [...]

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Mark Warren

The Workplace Violence webinar series started with a brief overview on the dynamics of the actors, the causes, types, phases, and impact of critical incidents. It also delved into the [...]

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Alana Negroni

Law enforcement has always been an adrenaline-driven field, it is the nature of the job. Some of the incidents police officers find themselves are a little bit more critical than [...]

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Mark Warren

On February 15, 2019, another shooting incident took place – this time around, it is in Aurora, Illinois. Gary Martin, a worker at Henry Pratt Co., open fired and killed five other employees, [...]

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Dr. Jeff Fox, PhD

Terrorism has been happening for longer than we all probably imagine. For most of us, it was 9/11 that put the word terrorism into our vernacular. Since then, modern intelligence strategies [...]

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Mark Warren

Watching the news, we often hear people saying that they did not expect something terrible to happen in their place of work, worship, leisure, among others. We surely cannot prevent [...]

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Cassidee Carlson

The recent shooting in Kentucky was the 11th of the year, and the worst so far. This statistic is difficult to wrap our heads around as it is only 25 days [...]

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Amy Morgan

Combining elements from industry post-action techniques, and therapy techniques, this course teaches the PASD© method for developing individual and team strength to be better prepared for action, debrief following action, [...]

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Cassidee Carlson

A few weeks ago, we went through the detailed timeline of the Century 16 Theatre Shooting in Aurora Colorado. Lieutenant Stephen Redfearn of the Aurora PD recounted the events as a [...]

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Stephen Redfearn

Coming from a horrifying shooting incident in Las Vegas that killed 59 and injured 500 more, the subject of mass shooting is again brought to the spotlight. It sparked lots of debate, [...]

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Cheryl Michaels

Gun control and its correlation to mass shootings are highly debated issues. Public venues like schools, stadiums, commercial venues, and communities are high-risk targets of such violence which seemingly continues [...]

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Leadership During Crisis
Dr. Jeff Fox, PhD

Leadership during crisis is complex and is most needed in any situation where failure is not an option and there is the potential for extremely negative results. A crisis leader [...]

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Amy Morgan

Working in law enforcement, while incredibly rewarding, can at times also be equally stressful. And then, there’s events like the Pulse Nightclub Shooing in Orlando. Or Sandy Hook Elementary, [...]

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Chauncey Bowers

How often do law enforcement, fire, and EMS organizations practice or exercise critical tasks? Conducting exercises targeted towards critical performance areas is a proven method to improve your response to [...]

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Articles

Webinar presenter Gabrielle Salfati answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Investigative Psychology: The Latest Science on Offender Profiling and Linking Serial Crimes.  Here are just a few [...]

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Webinar presenter Mark Warren answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Protecting Key People in Your Organization. Here are just a few of his responses.   Audience Question: [...]

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Webinar presenters Joel Finelstein, John O'Hare, Bob Jensen, Paul Goldenberg, and Mark Pfeifle answered a number of your questions after their presentation, Countering Disinformation Campaigns for Law Enforcement Command Staff, [...]

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Webinar presenter Mark Warren answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Dealing with High-Risk Terminations. Here are just a few of his responses.   Audience Question: Mark, you've [...]

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Webinar presenter Mark Warren answered a number of your questions after his presentation, The Psychology of an Active Shooter.  Here are just a few of his responses.   Audience Question: [...]

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Webinar panelists Sheriffs David Hutchinson, James Stuart, David Beth, Clifford Pinkney (ret), presenter Mark Pfeifle and NSA Executive Director Johnathan Thompson answered a number of your questions after their presentation, [...]

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Webinar presenters Jason Johnston and Michael Fletcher answered a number of your questions after their presentation, How Public Safety Can Utilize LTE during Planned Events. Here are just a few [...]

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Webinar presenters Andy Carrier, John McGuire, Kit Cummings, Rita Watkins, and Rev. Eric Skidmore answered a number of your questions after their presentation, Post Critical Incident Seminar: A Tested Solution [...]

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Webinar presenter Dr. Grant McDougall answered a number of your questions after his presentation School Guardian Programs: A Psychological Perspective. Here are just a few of his responses.   Audience [...]

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Webinar presenter Dr. Jeff Fox, PhD answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Continency Planning: Continuity of Operations, Planning, Resiliency, Redundancy, Disaster Recovery, and Crisis Communications. Here are [...]

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Webinar presenter Wendy Stiver answered a number of your questions after her presentation, When Relationships Matter Most: Community Resilience, Trust, and Critical Incident Management. Here are just a few of [...]

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Mark Warren of Strategos International shared some incredible insights and advice during his webinar, “Domestic Violence Comes to Work: Signs, Symptoms, and Response.” Here’s just one snippet from the [...]

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Webinar presenter Mark Warren answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Domestic Violence Comes to Work: Signs, Symptoms, and Response. Here are just a few of his responses. &[...]

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Webinar presenters Mike Kersey, Linda Chezem and Don Jones answered a number of your questions after their presentation, Rural School Safety.  Here are just a few of their responses.   &[...]

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  Love this comment from SWAT Team Leader Mike Kersey made during his recent webinar, Rural School Safety.   "The voice of change can sometimes be unpopular."   Click Here [...]

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Webinar presenter Rob Weinhold answered a number of your questions after his presentation,  The Art of Crisis Leadership. Here are just a few of his responses.   Audience Question: A [...]

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Webinar presenter Mark Warren answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Threats & Risk Assessments of Workplace Violence for Justice Agencies. Here are just a few of his [...]

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Webinar presenter Mark Warren answered a number of your questions after his presentation, “Understanding Workplace Violence: Operationalizing Your Prevention Strategies in a Justice Environment.” Here are a few of his [...]

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Webinar presenters Milt Nenneman and Bob Walker answered a number of your questions after their presentation, "Giving First Responders and Schools an EDGE on Active Shooter Training." Here [...]

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Christina McCale

Columbine. Newtown. Parkland. Santa Fe. With school shootings becoming an all-too-common recurrence across the US, first responders and school personnel are struggling to find ways to address, plan for and [...]

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Parents Behind the Police Tape
Mark Warren

In light of the Parkland/Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting, Strategos' Mark Warren shared what families need to know when they've discovered a shooting has happened at [...]

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Webinar presenter Mark Warren answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Effective Response - the Value of Time During an Intruder Response Incident. Here are some of his [...]

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Christina McCale

Once the police tape has been taken down and the memorial services concluded, somehow the surivors of a mass casualty or active shooter event have to find a way to [...]

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"I never thought it would happen here." So often, after a mass casualty event, people respond that they are shocked that such an incident could happen to them, [...]

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Webinar presenter Mark Warren answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Does Preparation Equal Prevention: Why Prepare for an Intruder Response Incident. Here are some of his responses. &[...]

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 Webinar presenter Cassidee Carlson answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Developing a PIO Support Program for Families During Mass Casualty Events.     Audience Question: [...]

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Christina McCale

When a major event happens, such as a mass casualty incident, first responder agencies can be deluged by local, national -- even international press... Not to mention social media. It [...]

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Christina McCale

Once a critical incident has begun, people have only moments before needing to take action. But without training, it's difficult to know what action to take is the right one. [...]

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Christina McCale

None of us want to believe an intruder will invade our workplaces and cause murder or mayhem. But workplace violence happens every year... Even at government agencies. Join us for [...]

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Christina McCale

As first responders address the immediate, critical and life-or-death needs of those affected by a mass casualty event, there is an equally important partner often forgotten about during times of [...]

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Cheryl Michaels
This infographic, based on a webinar, reviews the basics of emergency management, the types of mitigation, the 3 step communications plan, and 11-key lessons learned.
Christina McCale

Prior to the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, the Aurora Movie Theatre shooting was the largest mass shooting in U.S. History. The incident will forever be seared into the [...]

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Christina McCale

Most of us may immediately think about the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) when dealing with the obvious application - when an unidentified body has been found or [...]

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Christina McCale

Emergency preparedness doesn't happen overnight - nor does it happen in a vacuum. On June 5, 2014, a man armed with a shotgun killed 1 student and injured 2 more at Seattle Pacific University.  [...]

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"The truth, however, is that day-to-day police work includes enough stress and exposure to trauma for chiefs to be concerned about every officer’s mental wellness, whether or [...]

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Christina McCale

First responders and professionals in the justice/public safety see a lot -- and deal with a lot. First responders see the horrors of situations. Police officers see the worst [...]

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Christina McCale

Leadership isn't easy.  While managing and leading during a routine day - the type of day where you know the general "outline" of your day might look like or what "[...]

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