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CSR: Fashion Forward
We all have that one (or many) friend obsessed with shoes. Or
maybe it's glasses. Either way, the fun, fashion-forward way we
discuss such things belies their importance. We all need shoes.
And a lot of kids need glasses. And the reality is that these
things - as your shoe maven friend might tell you - cost a lot of
money. Whether for children in the city in which you're meeting,
that in which you are based, or a far-flung rural town on the
other side of the planet, your membership can improve the lives
of kids who need to walk to school - and read the blackboard
once they get there. There are also charities that provide coats
for people who need them. A few to check out include:
Soles4Souls creates sustainable jobs and provides relief
through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world.
It's Clothes4Souls program collects new and used clothing from
individuals and organizations and then distribute those clothes to
people in need. (www.soles4souls.org)
Shoes That Fit provides school-aged children with
much-needed new shoes so that they can go to school in comfort

and with dignity and focus on their studies rather than their
circumstances. (www.shoesthatfit.org)
New Eyes purchases new prescription eyeglasses for U.S.
residents and distribute used glasses to the disadvantaged in
developing countries. (www.new-eyes.org)

THE FATAL FLAWS IN YOUR ACTIVE SHOOTER RESPONSE AND HOW TO FIX THEM
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in California, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New York City have
criminally indicted seven CEOs of companies where employees
were killed on the job. Five of those CEOs are now serving prison
terms. The two other are going to trial shortly.
In 2015, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ)
announced it would pursue criminal prosecution of CEOs
regarding OSHA regulations. DOJ's preferred legal weapon
is to investigate and charge CEOs with obstruction of justice.
Turns out, previous OSHA compliance investigations have been
obstructed by senior managers by withholding documents,
telling employees to lie and lying themselves. Obstruction of
justice is punishable by up to five years in federal prison. This is
easily proven once DOJ issues a subpoena and search warrant
implemented at your workplace by the FBI.
FIX YOUR FATAL FLAWS
As the employer, you have a way out of all this. Create a
written plan, and then train your employees. That sounds simple
enough, but nothing in emergency response is simple. Many
experts - including the Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) - recommend "RUN/HIDE/FIGHT." None of this is simple,
and all of it must be site specific.
To layer on more complexity, your employees must know
how to work with arriving police. Calling 911 and then stepping
back is a fatal flaw. This dangerous myth will delay response,
potentially multiplying casualties in your workplace. While your
employees are always the first responders, their roles do not
stop when police arrive. The active shooter protocol in your
jurisdiction starts with, "Go into your building. Find guy with
gun. Kill him." Thus, your employees' role is as follows:
1. Report to arriving police on the incident up to that moment.

2. Offer maps of your facility to guide police in pursuit of the
active shooter.
3. As officers move through your facility, know that they are not
priests. You must train your people to refrain from touching
or yelling at police to appeal for help. They are also not
EMTs. If you or a coworker is bleeding out, officers will keep
moving. Their job is to find the guy with the gun and kill him.
4. All of your people will be ordered to raise their hands. This
to demonstrate to police that each of your people has no
weapon. Remember, since police do not know the good
from the bad guys, everyone is considered a suspect or an
accomplice. You must aid police in identifying friend from
foe. To complete this phase, police will search everyone.
5. Police will order all personnel to carry nothing (bag, cell phone,
briefcase, nothing) and to drop in place whatever they are
carrying. All personal items, as well as people, will be searched.
As the employer, your job is to train all employees regarding
how police will take command of your facility. Officers will be
focused on the active shooter.
For every complex problem, there is a simple solution that
is always wrong. None of this is simple, but it is required by
law. You have a duty of care to address the fatal flaws in your
emergency plan and training. All your employees will need to
know how to respond in a second without your advice. Your
employees will embrace training and thank you for doing the
right thing by them. Let's get started.
Bo Mitchell was Police Commissioner of Wilton, Conn., for 16
years. He retired in February 2001 to found 911 Consulting which
creates emergency, disaster recovery, business continuity, crisis
communications and pandemic plans, plus training and exercise.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Spring 2017

President’s Letter
Executive Director’s Corner
Going Places
2017 National Education Conference: Reel in Great Education
Government Events Embrace Competition as a Catalyst for Success
Ten Cans: Real Change Requires an Opener
The Fatal Flaws in Your Active Shooter Response and How to Fix Them
Thought Leadership
Meet a Member
CGMP Corner
SGMP NATION
Advertisers’ Index
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - intro
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - cover1
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - cover2
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 3
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 4
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 5
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - President’s Letter
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Executive Director’s Corner
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 8
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Going Places
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 2017 National Education Conference: Reel in Great Education
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 11
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Government Events Embrace Competition as a Catalyst for Success
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 13
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 14
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 15
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Ten Cans: Real Change Requires an Opener
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 17
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - The Fatal Flaws in Your Active Shooter Response and How to Fix Them
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 19
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Thought Leadership
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 21
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 22
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Meet a Member
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - CGMP Corner
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - SGMP NATION
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Advertisers’ Index
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