Boy Scouts of America is now operating under increased security standards after a brush with unfriendly visitors.
Scout Executive Anthony Escobar is working with Texarkana, Arkansas Police to prepare for any emergency situation.
Escobar recalls, “members of the homeless population coming in wanting us to provide services,
services we can’t provide and then becoming demanding for them. For something we just can’t do.”
As a result, management installed surveillance cameras and monitors throughout the building. Escobar adds, “we’ve never had that previously, it was a wonderful upgrade for us and has really helped improve our security.”
Escobar is taking safety a step further with an active shooter course led by Texarkana, Arkansas Lieutenant Chris Rankin. He says, the worst time to try to formulate a plan is when the event is taking place, you need to have at least given it some consideration and some thought before hand.”
He encourages people to follow three steps, avoid, deny and defend. “Deny access to the building again through locks and through again a good lock down procedure and then the last case of that scenario is to defend yourself,” say Rankin.
Escobar hopes the training will prepare staff for an incident they never have to face. He says, “my number one priority is to provide a safe work environment for our staff and for our customer, so that they feel and know that when they come here to the boy scout’s office their going to be safe.”