Types Of Programs And Policies Focused On Active Shooter Prevention
There is no doubting that legislators are fast to enact new programs and policies. The moment that tragedy strikes, the natural reaction is “we must fix this.” The media and the general public push politicians to enact policies and programs that may not be effective or even safe. Over the past decade, the media has broadcast coverage over many active shooters from Sandy Hook Elementary School to Virginia Tech to must notably, the Columbine shooting. Just how often are these shootings taking place? What can be done to stop this type of violence? Are active shooter prevention programs ever effective? This paper will discuss the benefits and disadvantages of implementing these types of programs and policies focusing specifically on active shooter prevention in school settings.
School Resource Officer Following events involving active shooters, many school districts have acted fast in employing sworn law enforcement officers as School Resource Officer’s (SRO’s). The SRO patrols the grounds and is used promote safety as well as peace of mind. The SRO also is a figure that remains confidentiality working to reduce violence and help not only students, but also community members (Newman, Fox, Harding, Mehta, & Roth, 2004, pp. 281-289). SRO’s provide a range of duties that focus on maintaining the overall safety of the school emphasizing firearms capabilities, assault tactics, school’s overall construction and floor plan, and the general layout of students at…