On February 14, 2018, a former student entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, shot and killed 17 innocent people and wounded another 17 students. Tony, along with members of his command staff from the Coral Springs Police Department, arrived on scene within minutes. A complex law enforcement approach, including stopping the shooter and extracting victims from within the school, was initiated.
Attendees will gain an understanding of the events that occurred that day as well as in the year following this tragic event from Tony's unique perspective as one of the on-scene commanders. He will review his department's response to the shooting and provide an analysis of the lessons learned. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the circumstances that contributed to the overall response and communication issues.
Some of the many topics covered include mass casualties and violent attacks, policies and procedures, active killer training and officer preparedness, dispatch and multi-jurisdictional issues, leadership during and after critical incidents, the importance of Rescue Task Force training, tactical medicine, critical incident stress management, and police/media relations.
The time to discover whether someone is a leader is not in a situation where failure is not an option. Administrators must keep this in mind when selecting top-level staff members and front line supervisors. Leadership failures can prove devastating and have far-reaching effects on both the individuals involved and on the entire organization moving forward. This can occur, not only during a critical incident, but also in the course of daily operations.
This program focuses on leadership and the reasons, from both theoretical and practical perspectives, that it is essential to an organization. Specifically tailored to the impact that high-stress situations have on organizations, the core foundation of this course is based on the experiences of leaders within various professions during significant events including, but not limited to, active killers, mass casualty events, tactical operations and natural disasters. An overview of the relationship between leadership and management theories will be covered with an overall emphasis on their relevance to how they translate in a crisis environment. Whether from a law enforcement agency, an educational institution, government agency, or private business, attendees will be provided with the practical information that is so vital to the successful operation of any organization.
By definition, policies and procedures are designed to influence and determine all major decisions and actions, and all activities take place within the boundaries set by them. Procedures are specific methods employed to express policies in action during the day-to-day operations of an organization. Together, policies and procedures ensure that a point of view held by a governing body or organization is translated into steps that result in an outcome compatible with that view.
Structured around several actual incidents that have negatively impacted various organizations, this program is designed to provide attendees an understanding of just how vital the wording within policies and procedures truly is. While model policies are available in every type of organization, the changing of just one word to suit the needs of an institution can have devastating consequences.