SWAT Teams Use New Tools for Columbine-Style School Shootings
08/24/2010

School Safety Partners has released an exclusive video which reveals latest procedures used by police and SWAT teams in schools to rescue hostages and take down active shooters and other violent intruders.

Online PR News – 24-August-2010 – – DENVER -- School Safety Partners has released an exclusive video which reveals latest procedures used by police and SWAT teams in schools to rescue hostages and take down active shooters and other violent intruders.

The video contains 5-1/2 minutes of action footage covering a recent full-scale active shooter exercise at a high school in Utah. It shows how incident management training from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for school staff now promotes community partnering between schools and local first responders to improve school safety.

Basic training is prescribed by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools through their Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) grant program. Advanced training is offered through a number of other sources approved by DHS or hosted by schools and school districts.

Complementing the Federal support, new school safety technology turns a school's 2-way radios and surveillance cameras into tools that help police and SWAT teams achieve the pinpoint accuracy of a smart bomb when it comes time to neutralize violent offenders.

Applied more broadly to handle other types of crises, technology that provides interoperable communications between schools and first responders can be the primary enabling technology for the community partnering envisioned at the Federal level.

According to Michael Dorn, executive director of Safe Havens International, a leading school safety organization serving REMS grant winners, "interoperable communications requires human interoperability" and this calls for schools to learn how to use 2-way radios to contribute to a crisis response with the best that they have to offer -- in-depth knowledge about their facilities, their staff, and their students.

Special training in 2-way radio interoperability for schools has been spearheaded by SchoolSAFE Communications, a provider of the bridging technology for schools in states that are ready for it. The company has just launched 21 new pilot programs in 10 states across the country.

The School Safety Partners video, presented here in its entirety, was produced using only the unrehearsed radio dialog that was captured during the exercise and the synchronized video footage caught on 8 different surveillance cameras mounted outside and in the school hallways.

As the viewer follows the shooters, exercise facilitators can be seen standing by to guard against mishaps, operating the smoke machine, and dispensing ammo to the actor-gunmen as they take hostages.

The maneuvers of the three law enforcment teams seen in the video are based on the information they receive moment-by-moment, with no scripting.

Viewers will hear the school principal use his newly-acquired radio communications skills to help provide crucial behind-the-scenes support so that the teams can quickly box in the gunmen before rushing through the last door to take them down.

Visit School Safety Partners at http://schoolsafetypartners.org to learn more about how schools in Colorado and other states are using new approaches to address a wide range of school safety issues.

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