Active Shooter

The frequency of active shooter incidents in the U.S. has tripled since 2011, and the number of victims killed in active shooter incidents has also increased nearly 150 percent in the last four years. Recent examples are abundant. Active shooter events are proving to be an ever-present threat requiring constant review and improvement of prevention, protection, and response plans, policies, and procedures.

To assist our clients in preparing for the possibility of an active shooter event in their community CRA has developed and conducted numerous training courses, workshops, tabletop exercises, and plan-development sessions specific to the active shooter threat. Our active shooter training and exercise programs have assisted our clients in preparing for and responding to an active shooter incident, as well as developing active shooter assessments, plans, and training, tailored to their specific facilities. Since 2011, CRA has conducted numerous active shooter training, planning workshops, and exercises for:

Commercial buildings
Faith-based facilities
Financial services
Hospitals and the healthcare sector
Hotels and the hospitality industry
Schools and the higher education sector
Shopping malls
Stadiums and arenas
State and local government agencies
Supermarkets and retail facilities
Telecommunications corporations

Through the course of these recent active shooter projects and additional past performances in this subject area, CRA has developed a wealth of best practices, lessons learned, and subject-matter expertise regarding active shooter events, applicable to both tactical response as well as executive decision-making. This expertise, matched with the quality of our staff and the knowledge gained from conducting more than 1,000 Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP)-compliant exercises, has placed CRA as the foremost provider of thought-provoking, plausible, and capability-driven active shooter training and exercises in today’s market.

Active Shooter Training-


This one-day Active Shooter Workshop has been designed to provide public and private sector business and security managers and security personnel responsible for security and safety and law enforcement officers with the tools needed to develop Active Shooter Plans for business and facilities. The workshop is based on the DHS Training Course Active Shooter: What You Can Do

The workshop will include the following topics:

History of Active Shooter Incidents
Indicators for Potential Workplace Violence
Instruction on How to Develop an Active Shooter Plan (prepare for, react to, recover from active shooter incident)
Scenario-Based Exercise on handling an Active Shooter incident at your facility

AUDIENCE: Public and private sector managers and security personnel responsible for facility security & safety

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Describe actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and with law enforcement officials who are responding to the situation.
• Recognize potential workplace violence indicators.
• Describe actions to take to prevent and prepare for potential active shooter incidents.
• Describe how to manage the consequences of an active shooter incident.

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Active Shooter training can be offered through one of CRA's contract vehicles. Email us at:


Holt Clark has an accomplished career in training and exercising at the Federal, State and local levels. His experience includes 22 years in emergency planning, response, management, and exercise design. He has conducted active shooter trainings and exercise for medical, financial, higher education, call centers, air ports, and malls. In 2014 Mr. Clark published article on Run Hide Fight as effective public policy.

Holt was the project manager and exercise lead for one of the largest non-military exercises ever conducted. Thousands of law enforcement officers from 150 agencies in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut participated in a 5-day, full-scale exercise to evaluate the Securing the Cities (STC) program.