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Federal Building Guards Unprepared for Active Shooters

Monday, November 4, 2013

Federal Building Guards Unprepared for Active Shooters: Gov't Report
Photo Credit: AP Charles Dharapak

Some of the 13,500 private security guards responsible for protecting federal employees and visitors at federal buildings lack training on how to respond to an active shooter, according to a government audit released Wednesday. Since 2010, the Department of Homeland Security has required its guards receive shooter training, but the Government Accountability Office informed Congress that a spot check of private contractors found five companies that said their guards didn't receive that training. Eleven other contractors said the guards they provide have received some active shooter training. DHS officials said during a House hearing Wednesday that a guard's primary task is to send an immediate notice of an active shooter attack and to make sure employees can get out safely and that no other intruders get in. The audit comes following a shooting rampage in the Washington Navy Yard that left 13 dead and an incident in which young a woman was killed after trying to ram her vehicle through a White House barrier.

Story Credit: NBCLosAngeles.com

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