Leon County Sheriff's Office Provides Tips to Keep Moviegoers Safe

By: Leon County Sheriff's Office Release Email
By: Leon County Sheriff's Office Release Email

Leon County, Florida- August 2, 2012

In lieu of the tragic events in Aurora, Colorado, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office has compiled these recommendations to assist theater and similar venues in protecting the staff and patrons.

Planning and Preparedness:

•Conduct regular evacuation drills with facility employees, clearly outlining
the evacuation routes and outdoor assembly points
•Designate an employee as security director to develop, implement and
coordinate all security-related activities
•Conduct threat analyses, vulnerability assessments, consequence
analyses, risk assessments, and security audits on a regular and continuing basis. The LCSO Crime
Prevention Unit can assist you on this assessment.
•Establish liaison and regular communications with local law enforcement and emergency responders,
state and federal law enforcement, public health organizations and industry organizations to enhance
information exchange, clarify emergency responses, track threat conditions and support investigations
•Institute layers of security measures on the basis of the expected crowd level or performance type

Suspicious Activity Reporting and Emergency Notifications:

•Be aware of your surroundings; make sure you are in the safest possible location prior to calling (out
of harm’s way)
•Be calm and articulate; talk slowly
•State your name, location, and the nature of the emergency
•Provide high level details of your situation; compass direction of building: “north side, south side”
•Advise if you are injured; provide details
•Ensure staff is aware of how to report suspicious activity
•The "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign and the National Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative encourage citizens to report suspicious activity to law enforcement

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