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Welcome to Security Spotlight, highlighting ASIS resources on specific topics in security management. Some resources are free for all and others are ​members-only content. 

Featured Resources: Active Shooter

Active Shooter

White Paper, 2016
School Safety and Security Council 

According to the FBI, the frequency and lethality of active shooter incidents in America is increasing. More than one in four (29%) of these tragedies has occurred at educational institutions. Schools and universities must be prepared to not only respond to these incidents, but to also prevent them.

This 59-page paper consists of thirteen articles by twelve authors, all members of this active council, and addresses different approaches to Active Shooter situations. It concludes with five appendices that reference a tabletop exercise, two Security Management articles, a guide from the U. S. Department of Education, and an ASIS International guideline. 

Five articles deal with active shooters, phases of an attack, and K-12 schools as soft targets. Another four describe ways to gather proactive intelligence by using situational awareness to observe pre-attack indicators, behavioral threat assessment teams, behavioral cues, and target hardening of classroom doors through physical security enhancements. Others look into responses, including training for and the actions of emergency responders and the pros and cons of arming teachers.

Deterring and Mitigating Attack

Selection from Soft Target Hardening: Protecting People from Attack
Author: Jennifer Hesterman, Ph.D

This excerpt is a summation of security tactics that can be applied to soft targets, including pre-positioning vehicles, locks, alarms, visitor access and badges, CCTV, and public address systems.


Active Shooter and Workplace Violence Exercise

Appendix D, Active Shooter
Author: Kevin Doss, CPP, PSP​​

This excerpt outlines a number of relevant planning strategies, risk management cycles, gap analysis results, physical security steps, and policies and procedures.


Additional Resources

Viewpoints from experts on active shooter incidents, centering on two basic takeaways: planning and training. If just the thought of a nearby active shooter can cause widespread panic, companies cannot ignore their obligation to prepare and train their employees on how to react if the rumor is true.  

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Active Shooter: A Handbook on Prevention

Chapter: Preparing an Emergency Response Plan and 
Chapter: Self-Assessment Checklist for Organizational Preparedness
Author: Joshua Sinai, Ph.D

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