The 3 Biggest Mistakes in Active Shooter Training

Jun 11, 2020 9:13:20 AM / by Nick DeMedici

Has your office been subject to any of these programs?

  • Training only for the worst
  • Overdoing it
  • Simulations 

Continue reading why these are three big mistakes when it comes to active shooter training.


The biggest part of your company's active shooter training should not be "what do we do if something happens." It should be "how do we keep something from happening."

According to the FBI, more than half of persons who observed a pre-cursor to an active shooter event said nothing about it. More than half….that is a staggering statistic.

This information should be used by everyone to select the appropriate training program for their organization. A well-rounded program should be selected that educates members of your organization on recognizing and reporting potential indicators of violence.

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If you can do it, you can overdo it. Often active shooter training companies, as we do at ATS, utilize prior law enforcement and military personnel.

The difference is, we leave our past experience in the field and use it to create a curriculum for the future. The training methods we were exposed to aren't nearly as effective in the workplace and can often lead to a negative training experience where employees feel frightened.


No. No. No. No……This is one of the biggest deficits to active shooter training as a whole. We know that we are talking about an extremely unsettling subject matter.

How this training is presented is vital to the safety of your employees and the success of your training program. Using simulated weapons, firing blanks, Airsoft guns, whatever…those methods have no business being used inside of a corporate environment. That is the equivalent of taking a baseball bat to a football game, it may work great in a baseball game, but it is counterproductive on the football field.

Topics: active threat training

Nick DeMedici

Written by Nick DeMedici

Nick DeMedici is a native of Morgantown, West Virginia. He began his law enforcement career in 2004 with the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office. As a Deputy Sheriff, DeMedici worked in the patrol division before being assigned to the Detective’s Division in 2008. While with the Detective’s Division, DeMedici was involved in working violent crime and serious felony cases, including homicides. In addition to serving in the Detective’s Division, he was a member of the Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team, where he received additional training on tactics utilized in high-risk law enforcement situations. DeMedici left the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office in 2013 for employment with the State Police as a State Trooper. With the State Police, DeMedici was one of ten State Troopers trained and designated to present active shooter training across the state. He was initially assigned to the Kingwood Detachment in Preston County. After serving in Preston County, he was transferred to the Morgantown Detachment, which is where he finished out his last year as a law enforcement officer. DeMedici is the 2006 recipient of the West Virginia Chief of Police Association Carl E. Kocher Most Outstanding Officer Award as well as the 2014 West Virginia State Police Retired Members Association Outstanding Cadet Award. He is currently the General Manager and Director of Training for Defense In Depth. DeMedici has trained approximately 4,000 individuals on the best practices to respond to and survive an active threat. His training has taken place throughout the country in environments ranging from churches, banks and manufacturing industries, including facilities in San Antonio, Texas and New York City, New York

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