Active Shooter Command and Control: Beyond the 60-Minutes


Active shooter events continue to plague the United States. Since 2009, the number of active shooter events in the United States has tripled and the lethality has increased 600 percent. The vast majority of public safety active shooter response training focus on the critical actions to take in the first 60 minutes of the event. These actions primarily focus on threat neutralization and patient care. Very few training courses focus on the aftermath of these events. However, more and more public scrutiny now focuses on the ways that public safety agencies respond after threat neutralization and patient care.

This course examines numerous aspects of active shooter response beyond the basics. This course looks at the concept of mass hysteria, uninjured victim care and support, creation of notification and family reunification centers, mass notification, crisis communication, crime scene considerations, elected official involvement, ad hoc memorials, permanent memorials, funeral services, and business continuity of operations. 

There are components that are critical to the success of witness interview and debrief locations. This course examines case law to see if it is legal to detain a witness for interview. In addition, this course looks at different witness interview best practices, including documentation and repeat interviews. This course also looks at best practice recommendations for creating and managing Notification/Family Reunification Centers. 


Active shooter events have demonstrated numerous crime scene considerations. In this course, the necessity and distance requirements for cordons will be discussed. In addition, there is a need for secondary crime scene documentation for all personal effects left behind by people fleeing. The instructor will give examples from active shooter events at malls, airports, and hospitals to demonstrate the complexity magnitude of personal effects left behind.

Approximately 30% of all 9-1-1 calls during an active shooter event come from worried family members who are remote from the event location. Research by the National Transportation Safety Board has found that for every passenger there are eight people who are intimately worried and concern about the wellbeing of that passenger. This course teaches simple methods to increase the effectiveness of communication with worried family members.

There are many considerations involving the location of the shooting after the event. After many significant active shooter events, the locations have either undergone extensive renovations or were demolished. However, there are numerous considerations when deciding what to do with a location after an event. In many cases, the families of the decedents and the families of the survivors will have conflicting requests for the location.


Active shooter events have created lasting psychological damage. Universally, every location that had an event said they were grossly unprepared for the immediate response of trained crisis mental health counselors. In addition, the psychological damage can last for years, with some locations, such as Virginia Tech, establishing a permanent Office of Victim Recovery and Support. Numerous missteps by public safety commanders and local government officials have resulted in significantly more psychological damage than necessary. In some events, the survivors have stated local government officials caused more psychological damage than the event itself.


Sentinel active shooter events also spawn truthers and hoaxers. Truthers believe an event happened, but do not believe the official explanation. Hoaxers do not believe an event ever happened. In nearly all cases, hoaxers believe the events were staged by the federal government to further a political agenda. This course will teach commanders and government officials how to curtail the truther and hoaxer movement. In many cases, well intended actions by government officials simply fed into the truther and hoaxer movement. In all cases, the victim’s families were relentlessly pursued and harassed by truthers and hoaxers.


Active shooter events cause economic disasters. After the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech, the university paid more than $40 million for safety and security upgrades, lawsuit payouts, renovations, legal expenses, survivors care, and much more. The City of Orlando paid more than $25 million just for the investigation of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. The medical bills for the Pulse Nightclub victims alone exceeded $390 million. The medical bills for the Route 91 shooting in Las Vegas are estimated to exceed $600 million. The total cost of the Route 91 shooting is estimated to exceed $3 billion.


This class is for active law enforcement, military law enforcement, school administrators, hospital administrators, critical infrastructure managers, and government officials only. This class is not available to the general public.


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