The ASAP method certification is a two day course designed around multi-media, practical exercise and live fire range training. Officers are taught many of the skills necessary but seldom taught to rank and file officers that are not SWAT or assigned to a specialized unit. Breaching, Self-Aid/Buddy-Aid and enhanced marksmanship skills are some of the cornerstones of the program. Because a man is "no more a gunfighter because he carries a gun than he is a musician because he owns a piano," in extremis marksmanship is a major training point that is mastered by officers attending the program. Officers not able to successfully deploy with the weapons availed to them on a daily basis (pistol, shotgun, patrol rifle) are at an even more distinct disadvantage than the norm and must be brought up to standard and beyond. Officers need to possess the skills to put effective fires on an active killer adversary out past typical maximum distances (usually 25 yards). The ASAP method instructs officers that their assault on the active killer must be intelligence driven as you cannot afford to lose an officer when you only have one or two officers responding for the first 5+ minutes or so after the incident starts. The ASAP method works in concert with the 4 man contact team concept and can be taught along with it.
In closing, I leave you with these following facts:
- Active killers practice attacking - THEY DO NOT PRACTICE BEING ATTACKED (Attacking "Sheep" not "Sheepdogs")
- They WILL NEVER be truly prepared for a law enforcement response to their actions. They may play video games, watch movies, shoot guns in the woods, etc. but they will never receive formal training in countering a law enforcement response to an active shooter.
- Your hesitation, however slight, will cost lives.
*according to FBI UCR reports