RMA participated as an exhibitor at the IACLEA Southeast Regional Conference & the SCCLEA Safety Conference hosted by Furman University in Greenville, SC. The conference brought together over 250 campus law enforcement administrators from across the southeastern United States. The Director of University Police, Tom Saccenti and his staff provided all the participants with gracious southern hospitality with the beautiful Furman campus as a backdrop. This framework allowed the attendees to focus on the serious business of Leadership in a Crisis.
“Knowing how to respond quickly and efficiently in a crisis is critical to ensuring the safety of our schools and students. The midst of a crisis is not the time to start figuring out who ought to do what. At that moment, everyone involved – from top to bottom – should know the drill and know each other.”
Secretary of Education, 2005-2009
Chief Michael Kehoe, Newtown, CT began his presentation with this quote which also captured the underlying themes that were a part of all the presentations on the first day of the conference. The IACLEA Southeast Region brought together a powerful group of presenters including:
• Retired Chief Wendell Flinchum, Virginia Tech Police Department 2006-2014
• Dr. Gene Deisinger, Ph.D. Executive officer, Virginia Tech Police Department
• Chief John DiFava , MIT Police Department
• Chief Michael Kehoe, Newtown, Connecticut
• Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
Each of these presenters shared, for the benefit of the audience, the “good, the bad, and the ugly” side of leading their department’s during a significant or a series of significant crisis. They took the audience through the details that they could share that formed the basis of the decisions that were made as the crisis situation unfolded. What they knew, what they didn’t know, lessons that were learned along the way, and changes they made to their response program after the fact. Each of the presenter’s shared common themes that they learned in response to a crisis including the need for a multi-disciplined approach that include but is not limited to:
• Relationships, build the network of diverse support before the event happens, reach out to your network during the crisis – ask for help from people you trust
• Develop a case management plan that is proactive, integrated, and adaptive
• Training, training, training and awareness are critical
• Prevent and mitigate
• Be prepared to monitor and reassess during the crisis continuously
• Assign scribes and capture as much as possible during the crisis, don’t rely on memory
Plan. Protect. Prosper.
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