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Staff at Boys & Girls Club of Southwest County trained on active shooter safety

 

Last updated 12/26/2017 at Noon



TEMECULA – The staff of Boys & Girls Club of Southwest County was educated on active shooter safety Tuesday, Dec. 5, by Michael Julian, as expert and leader in the private investigation and security industry and the owner of MPS Security & Protection. In order to proactively train its staff and reinforce a safe environment for youth served across the southwest Riverside County, the organization enlisted the help of Julian, who is a former Murrieta clubhouse parent and current Boys & Girls Club of Southwest County board member.

In this training, the organization’s Murrieta staff learned about the split-second methodology of recognizing potential warning signs of an outsider seeking to spread violence and the steps that should be taken, if an active shooter or any intruder attempted to endanger a Boys & Girls Club of Southwest County Clubhouse. Trainings have taken place at the organization’s Lake Elsinore and Temecula locations as well.

link MPS Security & Protection, a division of National Business Investigations, has been led by Julian for the past 20 years; Julian’s father, a former police officer, founded the company in 1967. Originally providing corporate, legal, insurance and personal investigations, the company has expanded its focus to include asset and executive protection, uniformed security, risk management, risk and threat assessment and active shooter survival education.

During the training, Boys & Girls Club of Southwest County staff, comprised of youth development professionals, and clubhouse directors, learned Julian’s developed active shooter survival plan.

“You cannot always stop bad things from happening, but you can be prepared if they do.” Julian said in his training to the staff.

linklink The staff cares for over 200 children and teens each day across Boys & Girls Club of Southwest County’s three site locations.

The training follows shortly after a mass shooting incident which occurred in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Route 91 music festival that set a tragic high in its number of victims. One of Julian’s former trainees, having attended one of his safety presentations at her place of employment, sites Julian’s teachings as the reason she survived the Las Vegas shooting in this past October.

Julian said he firmly believes in the power of prepared citizens and a vigilant workplace in preventing casualties and stopping potential threats in the form of active shooters.

Julian’s security-mindedness falls in line with the boys and girls club’s top priority of safety for its youth and staff.

link “When our kids step into our clubhouses, we are responsible for not only challenging their minds, getting their bodies moving and developing their citizenship and leadership skills, but most of all, for their utmost safety at all times.” BGCSWC Director of Programs and Human Resources Daniqua Paul said. “For instance, all of our staff has taken Riverside County’s Department of Social Services Court Mandated Reporter training, and we continue to leverage national Child Safety resources available to us in partnership with Boys & Girls Club of America.”

To learn more about the before- and after-school programs and services offered at the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest County’s three site locations, visit www.bgcswc.org or contact Daniqua Paul at [email protected].

 

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