Back in 2015 the FBI created a training video for law enforcement personnel. The video depicts a (staged) active shooter event including pre-attack warning signs (a video made by the shooter), scenes of the event itself, scenes of first responders responding to the events, scenes of other players such as parents, and post-event fallout such as student reactions and media relations. The second half of the video is a discussion of lessons learned after recent active shooter events – what’s most important is that this part of the video is not staged, these are actual law enforcement executives who lived through the various events and are able to legitimately discuss the event and lessons learned.
The intended audience for the video originally was law enforcement, first responders, and FBI agents. The video was originally released only to law enforcement and first responders, but it is now available in full on YouTube. While the active shooter event is staged (and “softened” a bit), the actions of the responders, the fallout after the event, and the lessons learned are all valuable tools. We recommend watching this video, even if your role is not specifically security-related – everyone can learn from the video, and it’s a great starter for a discussion about security at your place of employment.