What America can learn from Israel: In the wake of mass shootings, the Israeli security model is a needed resource

– – Thursday, June 30, 2016
Published by The Washington Times

Trained Security Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trained Security Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times


Donald Trump, backtracking on an earlier statement about how guns in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando might have saved lives, said a club security guard ready with a pistol would’ve been “a beautiful thing.”

He might be onto something, but with a big caveat. Simply arming a bouncer won’t necessarily prevent a disaster. But arming an employee who has been trained throughout his or her career to protect civilians in this type of place, in this sort of circumstance, could make a meaningful difference. This isn’t a bouncer; it is a skilled private security guard.

We now live in an environment where violence is a part of everyday life and attacks can occur at any time. There is a vital need for capable, well-functioning security in as many public and strategically important places as possible to deal with threats quickly, before law enforcement arrives. Because by that time, it is usually too late.

In the wake of recent mass shootings, it is worth taking a look at the Israeli model for protecting its citizens. Israeli security forces are widely considered to be the best in the world. They are expertly trained and experienced in counterterrorism. However, they understand that security is not omnipresent, and takes time to arrive on site when the shooting starts.

This is where the concept of micro-security comes in.

Largely comprised of private security personnel, these individuals are highly skilled and more than capable of protecting fellow citizens in the earliest moments of a crisis. They may be armed or unarmed, highly visible or undercover. The key is they utilize their experience and institutional intelligence of any given place. These personnel are trained in profiling, intelligence gathering, self-defense, shooting, First Aid/CPR, and emergency management, including fires, shootings, explosions and medical emergencies. They are skilled in and knowledgeable of a variety of technologies that enhance security, such as surveillance cameras, explosives detection and many others.

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