The POST Program is a common sense, low-cost, and well-designed program created to directly address the threat posed by an active shooter in schools. The POST program is the most thorough in the country and incorporates multiple, overlapping systems of both prevention and response. The POST program is based on concepts that were developed for the National Armed Pilots Program and incorporates lessons learned by law enforcement in more than ten years of study since Columbine. POST is intended to be a model program, starting in the state of Kentucky, but you should feel free to adopt any part of the program anywhere in the country.
We need to face the reality that a “No Gun” sign on the front door of our schools does nothing to protect our children. It does just the opposite – it tells the active shooter (murderer) that no one is capable of defending themselves. Lockdown procedures, SARC, ALICE, etc. are all good programs but they fall short in two areas: they focus on reacting once an attack has started and they stop short of equipping those that are most likely to stop an attack with the best tools and knowledge to succeed. POST addresses both of these shortcomings and more..
The POST Program will work for three reasons:
- Deterrence – We believe a sign posted on the door stating, “This school participates in the POST Program – Teachers and staff are trained and armed,” as well as public knowledge of the program will most likely prevent the shooting from occurring in the first place. Recent active shooters are not looking for a fight, they are looking for victims.
- Immediate Armed Response – in the event of a shooting there would be multiple individuals on campus that can stop the threat. These individuals would be volunteers, scrutinized through screenings, interviews, background checks, and thorough training. They would be armed, but the handgun would be concealed and the identity of the participants would not be publicly known.
- Thoroughness of training – unlike most of the other programs available, POST requires extensive training and regular recertification. We recognize this is a big commitment by those choosing to volunteer for post certification, but we think all can agree that when it comes to the safety of our children, the investment of time is worth it.
To learn more about POST look at the about page or read the FAQs or the overview article published in Concealed Carry Magazine. If you want to support POST make sure to subscribe to our email newsletter and/or like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. If you want to tell your local school board that they should implement POST in your school district, head on over to our Take Action page.