Preparing for Active Shooters

A Q&A with Blackwater USA Vice President Marty Strong


SecurityInfoWatch.com: Is this training that you feel every armed security or LEO should have who works in a school setting?

Strong: This is very appropriate for all LEOs and even for some armed security professionals. The course should be reviewed in light of the approved tactics and procedures for active shooter scenarios in each jurisdiction and in accordance with the policies of each law enforcement agency.

SecurityInfoWatch.com: What are some of the top lessons being explained in this training course?

Strong: First and foremost the course exposes students to the chaos, the lack of information associated with active shooter scenarios. Through the use of role players, and by manipulating the set up of our urban training facility, Blackwater Worldwide instructors construct situations that reproduce the active shooter experience. The tactical choreography and weapons usage issues are addressed but are secondary in importance to this highly realistic and experiential approach.