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In 1943 Abraham Maslow proposed that motivation is the result of a person's attempt at fulfilling five basic needs: physiological, security, social, esteem, and self-actualization. According to his theory, these needs create internal pressures that can influence behavior. Many of you may be familiar with the pyramid model that often accompanies this theory, with the absolute basic human need being Physiological. These needs are required for human survival; air, food, water, shelter, clothing, and sleep. These are the needs that must be met first before we can focus on any other need. What many companies fail to note, is that just one step above these base needs is Security; security of body, employment, resources, mortality, family, and property. When these needs are met, we...

Hindsight being 20/20, it is indicative of every Active Shooter event for people to come forward after the fact and report the behavior of the shooter as being suspicious. Virginia Tech - The shooter had gone to the gun range, laid targets out on the ground, and practiced shooting while standing over them. He had walked the halls of the school, counting paces between the classrooms. He measured the distance around the door handles, which during his attack he chained shut. Moore, OK - Employees of Vaughan Foods admitted that the man who beheaded one woman and attempted to behead a second had displayed suspicious and even hostile behavior before the attack. The FBI found his Facebook page was covered in links...

As an officer of the law, I have to make this decision every time I put on my uniform; the decision to survive.  I know those patches that read POLICE in reflective yellow make me a target of violence.  I understand that the oath I took to uphold the law and to protect & serve others means I will place myself between the threat and the innocent.  And I do so with the mindset that I will also protect my own life with equal ferocity. When I teach Active Shooter Preparedness, I ask my audience to make a similar decision to not be a victim.  I ask that they decide now, in advance of such an event, and give themselves permission...