CRA’s Dr. Joshua Sinai Discusses How Active Shooters Can Be Preempted In Published Article for the Mackenzie Institute
Active shooter incidents appear to be on the rise in the United States and Canada, as demonstrated by several high profile attacks in 2015 (including a potentially catastrophic plot that was thwarted in Halifax, Nova Scotia in early 2015, which involved two Americans and a Canadian). Those engaged in law enforcement and public security are continuously searching for effective countermeasures to reduce fatalities as actual incidents occur or to prevent them during the crucial pre-incident phases. It is this article’s objective to highlight the benefits of four types of preventative measures that could potentially reduce this threat. The first two measures are intended to help identify troublesome individuals that might become active shooters for pre-incident preemption. The third measure focuses on deterrence to reduce a target’s physical vulnerability, and, when such preventative measures fail and an attack occurs, the fourth measure concentrates on the physical responses potential victims need to implement to minimize fatalities.
Link attached: http://www.mackenzieinstitute.com/active-shooters-can-preempted/
On this day in 2004, CRA supported NASCAR and numerous agencies in Delaware via the conduct of the Dover International Speedway Tabletop Exercise (TTX). This exercise included the simulated activation of local emergency operations centers, mutual-aid agreements, and the deployment of Federal assets to Dover International Speedway in response to a hypothetical terrorist attack on race day. The exercise created an effective forum for participants to discuss plans, policies, and procedures that would guide a response to the attack, including agency interoperability, command and control, mass evacuation, resource management, and a weapons of mass destruction response strategy. This discussion-based exercise laid the foundation for a large, complex, full-scale exercise at Dover International Speedway, conducted by CRA, several months later. This terrorism preparedness exercise series was supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the local exercise planning committee.
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On this day in 2009, CRA completed the Nevada Silver Rogue Functional Exercise (FE), a massively complex FE conducted November 2–13, 2009 involving three fusion centers in Las Vegas, Reno, and Carson City. This two-week intelligence-driven FE allowed state and local agencies in Nevada to share terrorism-related threat information and recognize indicators and warnings of terrorist activity. Participating agencies included the Nevada Threat Analysis Center (NTAC), the Division of Emergency Management, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Clark County, the Northern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center, and the Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center. This successful exercise was designed and conducted by CRA and supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Terrorism Prevention Exercise Program (TPEP).
On October 29-30, 2015, CRA delivered another successful Internet Intelligence training session in Massachusetts. This class, the third in a series of training workshops for law enforcement throughout the Commonwealth, instructed officers, analysts, and investigators on techniques to use open-source information in support of investigations and analytical research. Topics included the extraction of investigative value from social media platforms, photo exploitation and geo-location, auction sites, the deep web, Internet privacy, and the authentication of online content for admissibility in criminal cases. This class received outstanding feedback from all participants, and CRA looks forward to continuing this cutting-edge training series with Massachusetts.
CRA Inc. provides the law enforcement community with experienced Firearm Analysts. Our Firearm Experts have developed their experience working in crime labs for State and Local police agencies prior to joining CRA. CRA provides our Firearms Experts with training which allows them to continue their professional development and remain current on current trends and technology in their field. As an example of our success, CRA provided the Camden County Police Department (CCPD) with a Firearm Expert who helped the CCPD build its Firearm Analysis Unit from the ground up. CRA currently processes ballistics evidence in a state of the art laboratory, which reduces the time for obtaining results and allows for immediate sharing of information with other law enforcement agencies nationwide.