ASIS International

Active Assailant

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About the course

Workplace violence is a top concern for all organizations. The most frightening and compelling element is an active shooter. Current events across the country dramatically illustrate that no individual or group is immune to this tragic possibility.

This program presents the necessary components of preparation strategies that include planning, prevention, mitigation, and response to active shooters and incidents. Your company must embrace the importance of preparing for, and rehearsing, what is known as a "survival mindset." Best practices are discussed throughout the program.

Immediate Benefits

  • Enhance your overall awareness of the costly impact of workplace violence
  • Practice a direct, state-of-the-art method for violence assessment
  • Identify behaviors of concern
  • Understand what case facts are the most critical for violence assessment and find out how to obtain them
  • Learn the distinction between an active shooter and a hostage incident
  • Meet your "duty of care" responsibilities to your employees by preparing them for this dreadful possibility and by integrating appropriate guidance into your overall violence prevention program.

Program Overview

  • Workplace and School/Campus Violence: A Historical Perspective

This overview of workplace, school, and campus violence highlights actual cases; threat assessment, management, and response; and best practices in prevention—focusing on the active shooter.

  • Recognizing and Preventing Workplace Violence

No profile exists to predict at-risk and potentially violent persons, but signs and flags most often are present prior to violent acts. These signs and flags may be observed in the person’s thinking, emotions, and/or behaviors and allow for reporting and intervention in informal and formal violence risk assessment procedures. These are covered, as well as the barriers to reporting or taking action.

  • The Five Phases of an Active Shooter

Examine what occurs before shots are fired. Understanding this enables the planning team to make effective and definitive decisions regarding their emergency response.

  • Shots Fired: Guidance for Surviving an Active Shooter Situation

Explore strategies to help YOU survive an active shooter situation whether in the workplace, school, or other venue.

  • The Active Shooter and Explosives and Other Weapons

Case examples are used to discuss and describe the moti vations of offenders in utilizing these tactics.

  • The Role of Law Enforcement: Tactical Response, the Development of Active Shooter Teams

The tragedy at Columbine High School was a turning point for law enforcement training and resulted in the instigation of the largest change in police tactics. Response protocols are discussed at length.

  • Crisis Management: Corporate Response to the Active Shooter

Tabletop exercises are used to facilitate discussions about the development of effective active shooter crisis management protocols. One company's program is highlighted. Best practices are discussed.

  • Emergency Plans for Responding to an Active Shooter Situation

Examine the guidelines for proper response techniques, methods of employee notification, and evacuation and lock down strategies. Understand how to identify what will work best for your facility.

Trust the experts

Wesley Bull

Wesley Bull is the CEO of Sentinel Resource Group, LLC. Wesley is also an active speaker and writer on protection and national security matters. His insights have been covered by CNBC, Business Insider, ASIS Security Management Magazine and Security Magazine. He’s been a featured speaker and pane...


Scot Walker

Scot Walker is managing director for global investigations with Sentinel Resource Group (SRG). Prior to joining SRG, he was in a specialized online investigations team at Facebook. Walker also held various leadership roles for NVIDIA’s global corporate security program, which included directing e...


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