Wednesday was the third and final day of the RLPSA conference in Las Vegas, and it ended with a bang…literally. Members were engaged in several live simulation exercises, hosted by Aegis Security, where conference room training for active shooter situations was supported by live action, interactive demonstrations, complete with actual gunfire, designed to simulate real life encounters. In addition to learning proper methodologies behind Run>Hide>Fight and other active shooter response recommendations, the group was engaged by an armed assailant in several mock demonstrations including robbery, active shooter and hostage. Based on the complexity and importance of this type of training, to try and summarize or provide only excerpts would be an injustice. Instead, we recommend that you take advantage of materials available on the Aegis website, to include FBI statistics and Aegis training materials. This can be found on their blog entry for the RLPSA Conference.
RLPSA Active Shooter
The final session of the conference was the RLPSA – Live!, which was hosted and moderated by our own Kevin McMenimen, LPC, of Loss Prevention Magazine. The format for this session is highly collaborative where Kevin solicits audience response via live polling and facilitates group discussion amongst the attendees in sharing best practices related to the polling results. This same format was utilized at the 2014 RLPSA conference and it was considered a great success. The 2014 session was also led by Kevin and the RLPSA planning committee asked LP Magazine back to host yet again. This year’s session focused specifically on safety in the workplace and was provided as an extension to the recent RLPSA industry survey on this topic. The survey provided for participants to contribute questions to be used at the event and in upcoming articles and webinars. Audience engagement and participation was fantastic this year, with open discussion and knowledge sharing amongst the membership in a structured peer-to-peer group discussion, with a little fun and humor sprinkled in.
As part of the partnership between LP Magazine and the RLPSA, in addition to the support for the RLPSA-Live! session, LP Magazine was also on location with their film crew throughout the conference and provided the EyeOnLP daily recap videos for the event and collected other video interviews for future videos that will be released in the weeks and months ahead. Don’t forget to take a few minutes to check out the recap videos –you can find them at the following links for Day One and Day Two.
LP Magazine also designed and delivered the official mobile app for this year’s conference, along with the RLPSA mobile app sponsor, InstaKey.
Attendance was at an all-time high; The weather, while very hot, was incredible; the sessions were engaging, interactive and educational; and the networking for attendees and exhibitors alike was better than ever. Can they top this one in 2016? Sign up for next year’s conference and find out. We will see you in San Antonio!