Met­z­gar at­tends FBI/In­fra­gard con­fer­ence

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Del. Ric Met­z­gar (R-6) re­cently at­tended a Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (FBI)/In­fra­gard Con­fer­ence deal­ing with De­ter­ring Events Us­ing Phys­i­cal Se­cu­rity, Rules for Firearm Safety, and Ac­tive Shooter Re­sponse Train­ing. The con­fer­ence was held at the Del­marva Con­fer­ence Cen­ter in Ne­wark, Del. Del. Met­z­gar was the only elected of­fi­cial from Mary­land at the con­fer­ence.

In­fra­gard is a non-profit pub­lic and pri­vate part­ner­ship with the FBI for in­for­ma­tion shar­ing and anal­y­sis ef­fort. The Bal­ti­more Field Of­fice in­ter­ests in­clude pro­tect­ing wa­ter­ways and in­fra­struc­ture from ter­ror­ist at­tacks. Since Delaware is a small state, the FBI Bal­ti­more Field Of­fice sup­ports Delaware which only has three coun­ties.

This con­fer­ence was orig­i­nally sched­uled for Septem­ber but was resched­uled due to Hur­ri­cane Flo­rence. The con­fer­ence dis­cussed the quick re­sponse for the Aberdeen Rite Aid Dis­tri­bu­tion Cen­ter Shoot­ing and the re­cent Pitts­burgh Syn­a­gogue Shoot­ing.

Since 2002, there have been over 250 Ac­tive Shooter In­ci­dents in the United States which usu­ally fo­cus on hate crimes. The FBI has been pro-ac­tive in pre­vent­ing ac­tive shoot­ers in churches, syn­a­gogues, schools, shop­ping cen­ters, shop­ping malls, and movie the­aters which are soft tar­gets where large num­bers of peo­ple gather and feel safe.

Del­e­gate Met­z­gar held an Ac­tive Shooter Town Hall at the Eastern Assem­bly of God Church in Dun­dalk af­ter the Texas church shoot­ing. As a man of faith, he felt moved to do some­thing about church safety since churches were the last place Del. Met­z­gar thought would en­counter an ac­tive shooter.

The first pre­sen­ter was Nick Hoyt from Ch­e­sa­peake and Mid­lan­tic Mar­ket­ing who dis­cussed Phys­i­cal Se­cu­rity to in­clude High Def­i­ni­tion (HD) Video Sur­veil­lance, res­o­lu­tion, op­tic im­agery, and ther­mal im­agery. The main pur­pose of phys­i­cal se­cu­rity is to de­tect, ob­serve, rec­og­nize and iden­tify sus­pi­cious peo­ple with a wide dy­namic range for full sit­u­a­tional aware­ness.

The sec­ond pre­sen­ter was Christo­pher D. Fo­raker, a re­tired Delaware State Trooper and Founder and CEO of Ver­i­tas Train­ing In­sti­tute who teaches firearm safety. He ex­plained about the proper use of firearms and which states rec­og­nize rec­i­proc­ity of Con­ceal Carry Per­mits. Mary­land is not a Con­ceal Carry Firearm rec­i­proc­ity state.

The third pre­sen­ter was Spe­cial Agent Michael Copeland from the FBI Bal­ti­more Field Of­fice who is also an As­sis­tant Team Leader FBI Bal­ti­more SWAT team. Agent Co­p­land spoke in great de­tail about Avoid, Deny, De­fend (ADD) strat­egy de­vel­oped by Ad­vanced Law En­force­ment Rapid Re­sponse Train­ing (ALERRT) in 2004 for sur­viv­ing an Ac­tive Shooter.

Met­z­gar en­joyed the con­fer­ence and found the in­for­ma­tion from the pre­sen­ters very use­ful. He is plan­ning a sec­ond Ac­tive Shooter Town Hall Meet­ing in the district in the fu­ture to ed­u­cate and in­form more peo­ple about what to do in the event of an Ac­tive Shooter to save lives.

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