January 7, 2020 Don Martin

The following articles are excellent resources for general knowledge on the application of gunshot detection technologies and active shooter incidents:

The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure is the United Kingdom government authority which provides protective security advice to businesses and organizations across the national infrastructure. This technical guidance was developed to assist security professionals in the basics of evaluating gunshot detection systems.

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) maintains an excellent website dedicated to active shooter incidents in the United States. Their Active Shooter Incident Reports is updated regularly and contains valuable data and insights for organizations interested in gunshot detection and active shooter security.

DHS Design Safe SchoolsThe Department of Homeland Security’s “Buildings and Infrastructure Protection Series” has published a Primer to Design Safe School Projects in Case of Terrorist Attacks and School Shootings.  This document recommends that “…intrusion detection, access control, immediate video assessment, and effective response capabilities are essential measures that can reduce the risks of targeted shooting.” (Chapter 3, Page 37).

Authored by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) as part of their Critical Issues in Policing Series,  The Police Response to Active Shooter Incidents report provides first had knowledge and recommendation to how law enforcement view the active shooter problem.

Created by The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Law Enforcement Policy Center, this concepts and issues paper is a valuable resource for defining and developing the concept of an active shooter and the responses that Law Enforcement might take to address the crisis.

On June 7, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security updated the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin regarding the continued heightened threat environment across the United States and highlights recent violent attacks by lone offenders against minority communities, schools, houses of worship, and mass transit.

Developed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), this report shines a light on 13 indicators of workplace violence, which include characteristics of workplace homicides, characteristics of nonfatal workplace violence, nonfatal injuries due to workplace violence treated in emergency departments.