The New York City Police Department recently released a comprehensive report, Active Shooter: Recommendations and Analysis for Risk Mitigation, which includes a comprehensive list of active shooter attacks dating back to 1966. The report contains a list of recommendations, tailored to building security personnel, to mitigate risks through procedures, systems and training. Also included is a detailed statistical analysis of 281 active shooter cases to identify common characteristics.
Highlights from the tactical recommendations in the report include:
- Installation of closed-circuit television systems that provide domain awareness of the entire facility and its perimeter; ensure that video feeds are viewable from a central command station.
- Designation of shelter locations with thick walls, solid doors with locks, minimal interior windows, first-aid emergency kits, communication devices, and duress alarms.
- Designation of a point-of-contact with knowledge of the facility’s security procedures and floor plan to liaise with police and other emergency agencies in the event of an attack.
- Identification of multiple evacuation routes and practice evacuations under varying conditions; post evacuation routes in conspicuous locations throughout the facility; ensure that evacuation routes account for individuals with special needs and disabilities.
- Active training for occupants of the building on how to react to an incident.
To download the complete NYPD report, “Active Shooter: Recommendations and Analysis for Risk Mitigation,” click here: