Choosing the Right Active Shooter Training Program for Your School

Choosing the right active shooter training program, plan and procedures for intruder and threat preparedness is one of the most difficult tasks for school administrators to do. With a primary expertise in educational leadership, administrators often find themselves in a dilemma when choosing the right path for emergency plans and protocols. The increased violence in our schools, particularly with “active shooter” incidents, adds more pressure on administration to update their policies and provide training.

With no clear national standard to address active threats in our schools like there are for fires, school administrators find themselves uncertain on how to proceed forward with getting their school prepared.


Currently, who do school administrators put in charge of emergency plan protocols?


Our experience working with schools has found that emergency protocols are put in the hands of extremely varying positions and backgrounds depending on the size of the school and the budget. We have seen every type of school staff employee from the headmaster, to the science teacher, in charge of emergency planning for their school. We have also seen well-established security departments within the school, and, shockingly a complete absence of safety leadership that makes it difficult for the school to run proper fire and natural disaster drills.


Currently, who do school administrators turn to for active threat advice?


Whether it is the lead administrator, a teacher or the head of security at a school who is in charge of active threat planning, the lack of national standards leads the individual to seek knowledge on their own. This is often done by:

  1. reaching out to the local police department,
  2. tasking a staff member to create their own plans by conducting research, or
  3. hiring a consulting company.

Take a look at the slides below that highlights the pros and cons of the active shooter / active threat planning options available to school administrators and safety liaisons.


Choosing the right active shooter training program:

PROS AND CONS of Options Available to Schools


Choosing the right active shooter training program


Choosing the right active shooter training program


Choosing Guardian Defense as your Expert Consultants and Trainers


We want to help you make your planning and procedures simplified. We do all the planning and preparing so that you can focus on the other issues that weigh heavy upon you as a leader and educator. The fear of an active shooter entering the school is on the forefront of administrators’, teachers’ and parents’ minds. Now is the time to prepare today for a safer tomorrow. Click here to make choosing the right active shooter training program for your school an easier one.

Guardian Defense also offers active threat response programs for businesses, places of worship, colleges/universities, and law enforcement officers. Please call us at 954-654-8912 to speak to a Safety Specialist today!



About Steven S. Smith

Steven S. Smith, the President and Founder of Guardian Defense, offers active shooter training programs to staff within schools, colleges, churches, law enforcement agencies, businesses, and hospitals; in order to build confidence and save time in the event of an intruder, active shooter or killer, or other terror attack. Mr. Smith is a current certified law enforcement officer and has a range of experience on school and public safety, and investigation work. He is currently a team leader and instructor on the SWAT Team, for which he joined in 2009. Mr. Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a concentration in Criminal Justice, in 2005 from Nova Southeastern University.