Canine Security: Is it Right for Your School?
Have you ever wondered how effective canine security teams could be in your school? How do you know if canine security teams would be right for your school? This article will show you how canine security teams allow you to add a layer of security for your students and staff while helping maintain a friendly day-to-day atmosphere. First, let’s look at some interesting statistics behind police shooting of active shooters. Since police are professionally trained at shooting, it’s tempting to believe that their marksmanship is highly accurate. But the facts tell a different story.
According to a New York Times article:
In all shootings — including those against people and animals and in suicides and other situations — New York City officers achieved a 34 percent accuracy rate (182 out of 540), and a 43 percent accuracy rate when the target ranged from zero to six feet away. Nearly half the shots they fired last year were within that distance.
New York City police statistics show that simply hitting a target, let alone hitting it in a specific spot, is a difficult challenge. In 2006, in cases where police officers intentionally fired a gun at a person, they discharged 364 bullets and hit their target 103 times, for a hit rate of 28.3 percent, according to the department’s Firearms Discharge Report. The police shot and killed 13 people last year.
In 2005, officers fired 472 times in the same circumstances, hitting their mark 82 times, for a 17.4 percent hit rate. They shot and killed nine people that year.