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Schools & Crowded Places Training     

Our world has certainly changed with regards to the nature and scale of risks which we face.

Unfortunately, threats and acts of violence (or potential violence) do occur in our schools and crowded places.  You will be aware of several tragic incidents which have occurred in such places both here in Aotearoa New Zealand, and globally.

Crowded places are locations that large numbers of people access easily and predictably. They include sporting arenas; transport hubs and public transport; buildings and offices; schools, shopping centres; restaurants, hotels, theatres and other entertainment venues; community festivals and markets; houses of worship; tourist attractions; and civic spaces. 

Our School and Crowded Places presentations break down the NZ Govt's Crowded Places Strategy guidelines. They will help your staff, emergency managers and leadership understand the WHY, WHAT and HOW of the guidelines, so they can be incorporated into your operating procedures and response plans. To help keep staff & others (including visitors, tamariki and ākonga, customers etc) safe from harm, as legislated by the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015.


These modular presentations can be blended together as required, or into a one-day course. 

Options include:

  • Outline of the NZ Crowded Places Strategy - Understanding what it is, why it's needed and how to align the principles within your school or crowded place to help safeguard your people and others. Recommended for staff, managers and emergency managers. (2 hours)

  • Lockdown and Active Armed Offender response - Understanding the differences between the different response options for internal and external threats. What they are, why they are needed and how to apply them to your school or crowded place.  Recommended for staff, managers and emergency managers. (3 hours)

  • Recognising Suspicious Behaviour & Recognising Hostile Reconnaissance - Signs to be aware of, which could indicate a person is at risk of causing a threat, carrying out a hostile reconnaissance (aka 'casing') your school or crowded place. And importantly, why and how it should be reported. (2 hours)    


  • Reunification - Understanding why reunification and recovery are important, and incorporating these into your business processes. Recommended for managers and emergency managers. (1 hour) 

We recommend that our response training is implemented as a rehearsal to any plans we create for you, and can incorporate this into a package for your organisation. If you already have plans in place, we can assess and update the plans if needed, and can work with you to conduct rehearsals. Please contact us to explore options.

*Derived from the NZ Govt Crowded Places Strategy 2020

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