Eastern Hosts Federal Homeland Security Training Seminar

Given today’s ever-changing threat environment, preparing for and training employees to cope with workplace violence should be a key piece of an organization’s incident response planning. Eastern continues to answer the call.

On July 25, Eastern’s Police Department partnered with the National Protection and Programs Directorate Office of Infrastructure Protection, within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to host an Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop.

Eastern Police Chief Jeffrey Garewski described the event as “a unique security workshop,” in that it “enhanced awareness of an active shooter event. The workshop educated participants on the history of active shooter events; identified and described common behavior, conditions, and situations associated with active shooters; and fostered communication between critical infrastructure owners and operators and local emergency response teams.”

Douglas Pesce, protective security advisor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in New Haven, agreed: “This DHS Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop is what safety personnel have been waiting for. We believe this training concept will enable attendees to return to their facilities and create or update their Active Shooter Response Plan.”

Hundreds of corporate and facility security professionals from the private and public sectors, military  officials, supervisory first responders, human resource managers, community response officials and Homeland security representatives filled the Betty R. Tipton Room for the training. The course included discussions of interoperability, communications protocols, and best practices for planning, preparedness and response.