The frequency of active shooter incidents in the U.S. has tripled since 2009, and the number of victims killed in active shooter incidents has also increased nearly 150 percent in the last four years. Recent examples are abundant. From the Century 21 Movie Theater in Aurora, Colorado; to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut; and the Navy Yard in Washington, DC; active shooter events are proving to be an ever-present threat requiring constant review and improvement of prevention, protection, and response plans, polices, and procedures.
To assist our clients in preparing for the possibility of an active shooter event in their community CRA has developed and conducted numerous training courses, workshops, tabletop exercises, and plan-development sessions specific to the active shooter threat. Our active shooter training and exercise programs have assisted our clients in preparing for and responding to an active shooter incident, as well as developing active shooter assessments, plans, and training, tailored to their specific facilities. Since 2011, CRA has conducted numerous active shooter training, planning workshops, and exercises for:
- Commercial buildings
- Faith-based facilities
- Financial services
- Hospitals and the healthcare sector
- Hotels and the hospitality industry
- Schools and the higher education sector
- Shopping malls
- Stadiums and arenas
- State and local government agencies
- Supermarkets and retail facilities
- Telecommunications corporations
Through the course of these recent active shooter projects and additional past performances in this subject area, CRA has developed a wealth of best practices, lessons-learned, and subject-matter expertise regarding active shooter events, applicable to both tactical response as well as executive decision-making. This expertise, matched with the quality of our staff and the knowledge gained from conducting more than 1,000 Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP)-compliant exercises, has placed CRA as the foremost provider of thought-provoking, plausible, and capability-driven active shooter training and exercises in today’s market.