Metzgar attends FBI/Infragard conference
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.