What is Guardian Defense Active Shooter Training?


Guardian Defense is a company located in Boca Raton, Florida that offers Active Shooter Training for schools, colleges, businesses, places of worship, and law enforcement agencies across the country. Our programs transform the way employers and staff respond to an active threat, and are designed to empower staff to act when faced with an active shooter. 

History of Guardian Defense Active Shooter Training


Guardian Defense was founded in 2013 by current law enforcement officer, Steven S. Smith. Distressed by the tragic events such as the Beslan school hostage crisis in Beslan, North Ossetia-Alaina, Russia, and the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, Detective Smith created the A.C.T. (Assess, Challenge and Train) School Program to give the true “first responders” (faculty and staff) the confidence to cope with critical incidents on school grounds until professional first responders (police and fire) arrive.

This program was first implemented at a private school in Florida in 2013 and has since been implemented to thousands of staff in schools and workplaces. The ACT School Program has now evolved to become the Active Threat Response Program (ATRP) and offers a variety of practical options for every staff size and working professional. Guardian Defense also expanded to offer single officer response training to law enforcement officers and civilian response courses


Our Mission


Guardian Defense’s mission is to empower teachers, staff, and law enforcement with the knowledge and tactics necessary to protect and defend innocent lives and minimize mass casualties in the event of an intruder, active threat, active shooter or terror attack.

Our Vision


At Guardian Defense, we envision all schools and workplaces to adopt our initiative of “Policy-Train-Drill.” We expect every school and business to develop a policy for active threat response that enhances security and planning for the worst-case scenario. We expect schools and businesses to train and prepare for an intruder or active killer, as one would train and prepare for fires, natural disasters, and other critical incidents. Finally, we expect schools and workplaces to implement their policies and training by conducting drills regularly.

Our Unique Approach to Active Shooter Training


There are a host of things that make our company unique and set us apart from the rest in the business of Active Shooter Training. Here are just a few of them:

  • Current Law Enforcement Officers as Program Developers and Instructors
  • Prior and/or Current SWAT Team Members or Military Experience
  • All Programs Reviewed by Mental Health Professional Before Implemented
  • Adaptability to Audience
  • Passion and Determination
  • Excellent Customer Service

Due to the high-level of experience of our instructors, they are recognized as active shooter experts from both the law enforcement and civilian end. Click here to meet the members of our team.

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