The Columbine school shooting in 1999, although not the first mass shooting in history nor the first mass school shooting, was the first of the digital age where early social media coverage spread the fate of the students instantly across our nation and sadly into the minds of generations of copycat killers. As more mass shootings took place in work environments, churches, schools, retail establishments and even home, police departments had to develop more effective strategies to quickly resolve an active killer situation to minimize casualties.
Law Enforcement Officer Philip Ball spearheaded efforts to analyze active killer scenarios and study which actions resulted in the highest probability of survivability. Ball focused on the first three minutes in which there is maximum vulnerability in kill zones and determined what actions civilians could take to maximize their safety prior to law enforcement arrival. In addition, he implemented teaching situational awareness to best prevent an active killer scenario before it occurred.
Although always a work in progress, Ball shared his data and teaching first within his department, then to his state, and then to the nation through private contracting commencing in 2014 with the formation of the Situational Awareness Institute. Recognized as the consummate professional in the field, Ball is frequently invited to mass shooting and active killer scenes to aid in forensic study and evaluation.
Officer Philip Ball provides instruction to governmental agencies, municipalities, corporations, religious institutions, schools, and individuals throughout the United States on how to recognize liability and vulnerability in active killer scenarios and how to maximize safety and survival.