Police Psychology | Active School Shooter Drills: A Reflection; A Request
By Paul Cech
When I first heard about active school shooter training from a colleague who had attended a training session, I quickly formed a cautious opinion.
In the year since then, I have been sorting through journal articles, books, and other resources to formulate an informed opinion with a plan to synthesize the information and write a literature review.
Active-shooter training is about practicing response mechanisms to remain calm and safe while following a protocol. The mechanisms are to run away and bring nothing along with you. Second, it is to hide in an area out of the shooter’s view. Block the entry to your hiding place, block the doors and silence the cell phones. Third, is to fight as a last resort and only when your life is in danger. Attempt to incapacitate the shooter and throw items at the shooter. The reasoning behind the protocol is that an active-shooter is running wild without any direction, only desiring to kill as many people in a short period of time that he can. But is that all there is?