WSJ: Workers Get Survival Tips From NYPD In Case of Attack

The Wall Street Journal—Workers Get Survival Tips in Case of Attack

Advice from NYPD: better to hide behind a file cabinet than under a desk; take action against shooter if you can’t hide or escape

By Zolan Kanno-Youngs

NYPD Detective Kathleen Thompson leads a training session in Midtown Manhattan for employees of insurance company AXA.

NYPD Detective Kathleen Thompson leads a training session in Midtown Manhattan for employees of insurance company AXA.

Some employees at an insurance firm in Midtown Manhattan thought hiding under a large desk would be a wise move if someone wielding a gun walked into their office and blocked their escape.

But after a New York Police Department security class, the employees learned that taking cover under a desk isn’t the best option. Hiding instead behind a file cabinet would increase their survival odds, law-enforcement officials told them.

…NYPD Shield, which began a decade ago, draws from the lessons learned from mass shootings.

“It’s based on prior events, prior incidents, prior attacks or thwarted attacks that we got real smart about,” said James Waters, the department’s chief of counterterrorism.

“We certainly have learned an awful lot—fortunately and unfortunately—between San Bernardino, more currently, and in Paris.”

The program has seven different classes, with topics that range from detecting a potential attack in a mailroom to teaching hotel employees what a man-made bomb looks like.

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton described the program in December as “a bedrock of what we’re talking about as far as America being aware.”

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