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F651 Summer 2018 Saving our Kids from Active Shooters

Course number : F651 Summer 2018   
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F651 Summer 2018 Saving our Kids from School Shootings
Wednesday and Thursday, 11:50–1:15, July 18–19
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Two sessions

Coordinators: Lillian Brooks, Camille Hodges, Peg O’Brien, Bonnie Nelson

July 18 - Gunsplaining and Active Shooter Incident History and Response
This session will be a discussion on firearms and active shooters.  What are automatic and semi-automatic guns, bump fire stocks and other military style guns?  What are the laws governing possession of guns in Virginia and Nationally?  Do school shooters have similar characteristics?  What do we know about how young people obtain guns and what laws do we need (or enforce) to reform our gun laws? What triggers active shooters?  What have prevented incidents?

Tom Faison, adjunct professor at George Mason University in the Criminology, law and Society Department, retired as Senior Special Agent for The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)  after spending eighteen years working as a Public Information Officer, Project Officer, and Senior Special Agent. He was often consulted by media outlets whenever firearms, explosives and arson related incidents came to the forefront in the DC Metro Region. Also during his time with ATF, Special Agent Faison was a Legislative Fellow in the Office of Congressman Andy Harris.  Mr. Faison also worked 11 years as an Inspector at the Internal Revenue Service, and served as an officer in the U. S. Army. He has taken many special training courses throughout his career, including the Public Information Officer Training Course at the National Press Club, advanced and basic training courses at the John F. Reid School of Interviewing and Interrogation, and numerous courses at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Georgia.

Lieutenant Daniel J. Murphy, Deputy Chief, Criminal investigations, Arlington County Police.  Lt Murphy, is a graduate of American Military University, Emergency and Disaster Mgmt.  He has been an Active Shooter Instructor/SME for the last fourteen years. Lt. Murphy instructs domestically and internationally for local, state and federal governments in Active Shooter Incident history and response protocols.  He served on the SWAT Team for 18 years, 7 years as a Team Leader. Lt. Murphy also worked as a Tactical Operator and Lead Explosive Breacher.  His work in the private sector includes consulting on Emergency Preparedness, working with organizations to improve situational awareness, emergency action plan development and Crisis Management Team training.  He is President of On Point consulting company which assists businesses, schools, public safety and faith-based organizations in establishing safe and effective response plans to incidents of work place violence and active shooter incidents.

July 19 – Multiple Perspectives on the Threat of School Shootings
This session will have speakers bringing different points of view of how schools can be safer and what changes are currently being employed by Fairfax and other school systems to prevent what happened in Parkland, Florida.  What are schools doing to make students and parents feel safer in the schools?  The session will also cover how police are trained to respond in the unfortunate circumstance when a school shooting does occur. 

Jason Bryk, Supervisor and Assistant Commander, SWAT Team, Arlington County Police.  Lt Bryk has a  JD from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.  He is the former Assistant Commander of SWAT Team, Arlington County Special Operations. 

Justin Ramsdell, Assistant Professor of Psychology, George Mason University, and a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Maryland. Dr. Ramsdell also works as a forensic psychologist; serving as an expert witness consultant and also as a trainer for federal and local government law enforcement agencies and local police Crisis Intervention Teams. Prior to his promotion to his academic position, he trained and worked as a psychologist at several maximum-security mental hospitals and a county jail in the state of Maryland. His current work, both academic and consulting, focuses on the law enforcement interactions with individuals with severe mental illnesses, crisis de-escalation, and the psychology of victim experiences.

Speakers TBA - A school superintendent and a representative from public health.

Class Details

2 Sessions
Weekly - Wed, Thu

Tallwood Campus

MultipleInstructor :
1.Tom Faison2.Jason Bryk3.Dan Murphy4.Justin Ramsdell
5.Lillian Brooks 

Class Fee: 


Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
7/18/2018 - 7/19/2018 Weekly - Wed, Thu 11:50 AM - 1:15 PM Fairfax, Tallwood Campus  Map Lillian Brooks  ; Justin Ramsdell  ; Dan Murphy  ; Jason Bryk  ; Tom Faison 

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