The FBI studied active shooter incidents in the United States between 2000 and 2013 and released its report at the end of 2014. This federal study was the first of its kind and its findings were and still are eye-opening. It dispelled myths many held and provided verified and actionable data.

The findings were especially important for commercial employers, schools, colleges and institutional employers. Commercial employers and education institutions had the largest number of incidents accounting for 70 percent of all active shooter incidents. A better understanding of the factors involved in these incidents is crucial to helping employers minimize their risks by improving safety, security and training.


The FBI study was limited to "active shooter" incidents. An active shooter incident is defined by U.S. government agencies as "an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area." The FBI modified this definition for purposes of its study, including more than one shooter and omitting the word "confined" to cover incidents that occur outside buildings. The focus was on the use of firearms. The study excludes incidents involving only knives, vehicles or other weapons. Shootings resulting from gang or drug violence were also excluded.

After years of studying and working hostile termination cases, ETS has refined it's approach to help employers stay safe and secure before, during and after a hostile termination event. The proper planning and execution of the days events and in the days following the event are critical to safety.

As a general rule we recommend at least two close protection officers to the area where the employer is terminating the employee. We recommend an armed security presence at that location for 14 days following the termination. Executive Protection teams may or may not be required in a given situation.

Remotely, one or more surveillance teams may be assigned to track the employee(s) being fired to allow a sort of "early warning" to static security at the location and to document what they see.

Example: Employee goes to a gun store the next day or week and buys a gun or stocks up on ammo.

Intelligence from all of these areas is used to develop, monitor and adjust the security plan as needed.