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Proposal for School Marshals in Washington State

The following proposal for School Marshals in Washington state is republished from the March 15, 2018 Spokesman Review.

There are once again many heated discussions about how to stop the carnage in our schools. A few years ago, we led a group of trial attorneys through an analysis of what it will take for Washington state school districts to seriously tackle the issue of protecting schools. It is apparent that Parkland School District in Florida will have to pay huge sums for its failure to anticipate mass murder that was very foreseeable.

School Marshals- Not Teachers with guns. Many school boards and legislatures in other states have already embarked on a policy of authorizing armed personnel within school premises. Federal and Washington state law both leave it up to school boards to designate who will be armed in Washington schools. Nevertheless, most educators and school boards flatly reject proposals for arming teachers with guns.

There is reason to believe that some Washington state schools are already taking quiet steps, however. Teachers who choose to undertake the training and responsibility of being a school marshal should not be denied the same opportunity to serve as certified School Marshals that we are proposing for other qualified personnel.

Public Duty Doctrine It should not be a surprise to anyone that such matters are insurance driven. Washington state’s Public Duty Doctrine dictates that a policy decision not to deploy armed protection in the schools exposes school districts to very low levels of liability. That is because it is a pure policy decision and therefore immune from liability for almost any accidents that occur.

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Church Safety Seminars In Spokane

Church Safety.

Security Training. Joel Reese has a background in security and law enforcement. For the last 41 years he has worked for Paragon Systems, a security contractor for the Spokane Federal Building. Joel also travels around to other federal courthouses in the Northwest training Paragon security personnel. He has credentials for training in most aspects of the security operations provided at the various federal buildings and has been involved with church safety issues for a long time. .

On Monday, May 1, Joel was at the Genesis Church where he has led the Church Safety Team for the last four years. Rustin Rathbun, one of the founding members of our Action Training Group, Inc. has invited the ATG- and other Safety Teams and organizations- to share information. Rustin and the Genesis team will be inviting speakers to present information related to various church safety issues every first Monday of the month. Read more

Action Training Group Presents Church Security Program

ATG Monthly Membership Meeting. Our next ATG Membership Meeting on Friday, July 28th at 5:30 PM will be open to the public. Chuck Delgado will tell us about an officer-involved shooting in 1971. We will also discuss Reality Based Training scenarios and promote an upcoming event in which we will use SIRT pistols for Active Shooter Protocols, parking lot drills, church situations and car-jacking response drills.

At the ATG Membership Meeting in May, Kenny Moore spoke to the Action Training Group about church security. Kenny talked about how to create a successful church safety team. He started the team at Candlelight Church in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. In June, we discussed Church Safety & Use of Force to Detain Read more