Active shooters. Lone wolf terrorism. We didn’t think anything of it . . . until recently.
There are a couple of different schools of thought in how to approach these dangers.
- Offer more advanced, comprehensive and expert training to the men and women who keep us safe.
- Ban scary guns.
Much to the dismay of those who believe guns are evil, this article is going to be filled with grown up talk. Consider that your trigger warning.
A few weeks ago, I connected with Nikki Burgett, a certified safety & security specialist and law enforcement instructor.
She’s basically a cop-training American badass.
She’s putting together sponsors and funding to bring a group of LEO’s to IMI Academy in Israel this December. It’s for an Active Shooter & Lone Wolf Terrorism course, which is a full six days covering everything from enemy modus operandi, prevention methods, Krav Maga, high pressure and tension scenarios and combat and shooting methods.
Obviously Burgett believes that training is the key to preparedness.
“Every time there is an incident like the horrific one in Vegas or Orlando; the next shooters are watching, taking notes. Every one of them has the same goal; a higher body count than the last,” she said.
She’s unfortunately right. But the truth of it is that the kind of specialized training and expertise is tough to come by. That’s why she’s putting together a team with more of a “community” focus of sorts.
“I cannot send every officer for this training, but if I can send 10 who are outstanding leaders from across the US and are capable and willing to bring the training back and disseminate it back out into the law enforcement community; then we have made a substantial difference.”
It’s definitely not the kind of “community policing” we typically talk about – but it’s a comprehensive and cooperative approach to training that could help make incremental gains in our protection.
Burgett is still assembling the team and sponsors – so anyone interested in doing either is welcome to contact her here.
“We need to always be seeking to improve upon our training, the way the threat seeks to improve his methods of attack,” she said. “This training is some of the best in the world. Our officers need it and our nation deserves this level of protection.”
Seems to make a lot more sense to me than feel-good, do-nothing legislation that some of our fearless leaders are hell-bent on passing.
Kyle S. Reyes is co-host of The Whiskey Patriots and the Chief Executive Officer of The Silent Partner Marketing. Reyes is also an acclaimed keynote speaker on entrepreneurship, leadership, marketing and social media. You can follow him on Facebook.