Last week we addressed using a risk-based approach to determine the need to hire an armed guard for your school or church. This week, I will address the purpose of the armed guard, specifically in regard to protecting your facility from an active assailant.
Response is the armed guard’s ability to both interrupt and stop the active assailant from attacking your school or church. The purpose of the armed guard is to respond. In general, there’s two categories for response: (1) delayed – when you have to call 911 and request police assistance, and (2) immediate – the armed guard you’ve hired is on-site and he/she immediately responds to the armed threat. If you’ve hired an armed guard to protect your church or school, you’re paying for the immediate response (in theory). Unfortunately, you may not get what you’re paying for. Here’s some interesting facts:
So, you’ve hired an armed guard, or you’re trying to decide on whether to hire an armed guard to protect your church or school, and the facts that we presented above created some concern or doubt. What’s your next steps?
Do you need an armed guard? My hope is that we have empowered you to answer that question.
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