Race Nixed Amid Colorado Roadway Shootings Anxiety
The shooting death of a bicyclist considered the unofficial mayor of a normally quiet Colorado town has led organizers to cancel a popular annual race, while a lack of details in the case fuels speculation that Windsor's first homicide in eight years is linked to a nearby highway shooting. read more
The FBI, in collaboration with Texas State University's ALERRT Center, is in the process of training law enforcement officers around the country in active-shooter response. Special Agent Katherine Schweit is the senior executive responsible for the FBI's active-shooter training — the most extensive effort of its kind, initiated following the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. Gameday Security editor in chief Dennis Van Milligen recently talked with Special Agent Schweit about the active-shooter training, which is free to law enforcement officers, and why it is so important for those officers and campus safety personnel responsible for protecting sports venues and events.
With the NBA playoffs in full swing and March Madness behind us, now is a good time to take a closer look at the cultural phenomenon known as court storming. Court storming has become part of the collegiate experience and ranks right up there with tailgating, toga parties and beer pong.
An active shooter is defined by the federal government as "an individual engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically through the use of firearms." Active-shooter incidents in the United States have increased exponentially from 2000 to 2013, and over the past seven years the U.S. has averaged 16.4 active-shooter incidents per year, which equates to roughly one every three weeks.
In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, there were many in the private sector who were reluctant to address the terrorist threat, and to deploy security technologies and services due to the enormous liability risks involved. The fact is that there are a large number of attack scenarios that can be imagined, and without the implementation and deployment of security technologies used to detect, deter and mitigate those attacks, facility owners and operators — of places such as office buildings, stadiums or other commercial space — could be exposed to extraordinarily large third-party liability claims.