We offer over
Years of Combined experience
By combining our members education and professional experiences, here at 53S, we have experts from Federal and local law enforcement, Military and graduates of specialized schools, Graduate level degrees in Homeland Security, Leadership, Forensic Criminology and Social Sciences.
NTOA Tactical Operations
FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Graduate
High Risk Operations/Officer Survival
Special Weapons and Tactics School
Special Response Team
MS, Homeland Security
MA, Administration of Justice and Leadership
Certified Training Instructor
Law Enforcement Firearms Program Developer/Instructor
Hostage Negotiations (FBI-Delaware State Police)
Center for Development of Security Excellence (AT-LvL II)
ALEERT/Active Killer Program Developer and Instructor
BS, Forensic Criminology and Social Sciences (Univ. of Mass)
Experience, education, and training can make the difference between life and death. No matter how rare these mass casualty events are, one loss of life is too many. At 53 Strategic, we are diligently working to innovate, create, and develop solutions to violent behavior. We take pride in creating a safer more secure environment.
The FBI reports from 2000-2017 the casualties from an "Active Shooter" is 2,217 over 250 incidents in that timeframe. Although rare, the reality of protecting our public and private venues is a must. We do not wish to be a fear-driven company; however, we want our clients to be prepared for any threats. We believe that preparedness saves lives and minimizes risk. Give us an opportunity to partner with you and make your organization safer.
When it comes to liability and organizational responsibility, employers are mandated to protect their employees from all types physical harm under the General Duty Clause. OSHA recently updated and launched their new directive on “Enforcement Procedures and Scheduling for Occupational Exposure to Workplace Violence,” that went into effect on January 10, 2017.
The new directive specifies the enforcement guidelines as to when OSHA can cite an employer for a complaint, injury, or death resulting from violence. The act of violence can be carried out any person either stranger, current or former employee, customer, patient, passenger, student, or the domestic partner of an employee. This can include "Active Killer" events. The directive gives more resources for OSHA inspectors; explains the review process for settlement agreements; and provides updated guidance on hazard alert letters.
Under the OSHA's General Duty Clause, employers are required to provide a safe working environment without any recognized hazards that can cause death or serious injury to employees. OSHA does not limit hazards only to mean hazardous materials and conditions, which requires a “hazard identification, hazard mitigation, hazard control." Employers must address the tangible “hazards” of an aggressive intruder or active shooter who intends to harm people in work settings.
Case law has been established and the burden of liability falls on the private and public organizations to provide training, threat assessments, and preventative measures to mitigate the risk of workplace violence.
The American Bar Association reported, “Recent court rulings relative to liability lawsuits have shown that active shooter scenarios have become more prevalent and are now considered a “recognizable hazard” to employees. These rulings by the courts put the burden on employers to provide training to their employees on how to recognize indicators of potential active shooters as well as how to respond when an active shooter situation occurs. If the training is not provided, it opens the door for a civil liability against the business.”
According to OSHA and the American Bar Association, "an employer has a duty to provide a safe working environment under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). The OSH Act spells out an employer's duty to provide a safe working environment in two clauses:
Section 5(a)(1) (General Duty Clause). This requires an employer to provide a workplace free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to its employees (29 U.S.C. § 654(a)(1)).
Section 5(a)(2). This requires an employer to comply with occupational safety and health standards under the OSH Act (29 U.S.C. § 654(a)(2)).