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Active Shooter Training in San Diego, CA | Cohen Security

Professional Active Shooter Training

Assess & Respond to an Active Shooter Incident

Cohen Security offers a comprehensive 2-3 hour briefing on active shooter incidents tailored to accommodate your house of worship, educational, medical, commercial, or government site. Our presentation elaborates on the who, what, where, when, why, and how of an active shooter incident. Who active shooters are, what happens during an active shooter incident, where active shooter incidents occur, when they occur, why they occur, and how you should respond.

Customized for Your Unique Situation

We have constructed two separate briefings, each for a different audience. Our first briefing is intended for civilians and focuses on an active shooter incident from the perspective of a bystander. The second briefing we offer is designed for First Responders and takes a more in-depth look at what to expect during an active shooter incident from the perspective of an individual responding to the threat. Both briefings include input from a variety of government agencies which include but are not limited to:

  • US Department of Homeland Security
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • US Diplomatic Security Service
  • Israel Defense Forces
  • Israel National Police
  • Israeli Security Agency
  • Ministry of Defense (Israel)

Active Shooter Training for Civilians

Make sure your organization is prepared for the worst. Cohen Security offers active shooter training for your church, organization, government office, community or business. Our approach is adjusted to the particular circumstances of a given environment and helps you understand the mindset of an active shooter. We offer different types of active shooter training, including reliable church active shooter training in San Diego and carefully devised hotel active shooter training in Southern California.

You and your staff will learn how to react and what to do in order to ensure the safety of your staff or members. Our methods are backed by extensive field experience and knowledge in active shooter incidents and scenarios.

During our course, we will discuss possible self-defense strategies, indicate techniques that can help you survive an active shooter threat, and focus on different ways of conflict de-escalation. Most importantly, we will put this into practice by simulating real-life situations that require you to respond quickly.

Active Shooter Training for First Responders

As a first responder to an active shooter incident, you need to be prepared for a range of scenarios, some of you which you can anticipate, some of which may come at you unexpectedly. Our training is designed to prepare you for all possibilities.

The centerpiece of our instruction is the education we provide during the initial PowerPoint presentation. This in class instruction will give you a better understanding of an active shooter and help you feel more prepared to address such an incident.

At the end of each briefing, we recommend reinforcing the material covered in the presentation with on-site practice exercises. We will construct, implement, and execute drills that simulate real-world threats in any given environment under a variety of circumstances for instructional purposes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are common questions many people have about our active shooter training in San Diego. If you can't find your question, feel free to contact us at (858) 522-9622. Any one of our friendly staff will be happy to answer your questions.

What is active shooter training?

An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. Active shootings take place in public areas, such as a church, synagogue, hospital, school, or business office. Active shooter training is a type of instruction that can help you protect yourself in such situations by training you on how to react. Depending on the course and your needs, a trained professional can prepare you for active shootings in various settings, discussing circumstances specific to each situation.

Why is active shooter training important?

This type of training is important because active shootings are increasing in frequency year over year. Not many people even expect to find themselves in such a situation and are unprepared when they do, so it’s crucial for you to take the first step and learn how to react and what to do.

Undergoing an active shooter course can not only prepare you but even save your life. You will learn how to avoid making a mistake that could deteriorate the situation and the necessary steps to take should you find yourself unable to run from the active shooter. In addition, being properly mentally prepared for such a circumstance is crucial to overcoming it and our instruction will help you with just that.

Our training can help you stay calm and even feel safer should you ever find yourself in this type of situation because you will walk away with the knowledge and experience necessary to properly react to an active shooter.

What does active shooter training teach?

When broken down to the foundation, there are three simple rules to follow if you are in an active shooting situation. In order of preference they are – run, hide and fight. Fighting is always your absolute last resort and should be avoided if possible but our training goes beyond the run, hide, and fight methodology.

Our San Diego active shooter training will teach you a proactive way to respond, how to hide, identify possible triggers, and provide you with a deeper understanding of a shooter’s mindset. We examine ideologies and characteristics of active shootings from case studies of active shooter incidents across the United States and Israel.

What do you do in active shooter training?

An active shooter training seminar typically entails two parts: education and exercise. We begin with a PowerPoint presentation and follow it up with hands-on exercises to reinforce the material covered throughout the presentation. This will allow you to put your knowledge into practice, strengthen the skills that can help you in an active shooting event, and become more prepared for the unexpected.

Which areas in San Diego do you serve?

Cohen Security covers entire Southern California, including San Diego. When it comes to the San Diego region, we offer active shooter training courses in the surrounding neighborhoods, assisting San Diego residents in increasing their preparedness for emergency-response situations.

University City

As one of San Diego’s neighborhoods, University City falls under our scope of service. This community is home to two private and five public schools, including University City High School. Therefore, encouraging University City teachers, parents, and other residents to take part in active shooter training can play a crucial role in increasing the security levels in this neighborhood. We organize interactive active shooter training in this area for anyone willing to participate.

Our active shooter training courses address different aspects, including the psychology and ideology of active shooters, as well as emergency-response preparedness. We take a comprehensive approach to active shooter training, which enables us to prepare our participants for these unexpected events. By covering both educational and practical sides of active shootings, our team can help you acquire the skills necessary for protecting yourself and others.

Furthermore, during our courses in University City, you will have the complete dedication and guidance of our experienced team members. Here at Cohen Security, we have all undergone extensive military training and have both the experience and knowledge necessary to organize this type of training. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us before joining our active shooter training.

Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley is another suburb in San Diego, located in the north-western part of the city. With a great number of both private and public schools, as well as other educational facilities, Carmel Valley residents should feel safe in their own neighborhoods. Cohen Security professionals are here to ensure that by offering active shooter courses.

Our active shooter training can address different situations specific to various active shooter sites. Our trained Carmel Valley experts will help you understand the mindset of active shooters and assist you in acquiring all the necessary self-defense skills. Our active shooter instructors are at your disposal for any questions and concerns you may have regarding these situations, so don’t hesitate to reach out to them.

Here at Cohen Security, we employ dependable techniques and teaching methods that guarantee your safety at all times. Most importantly, we will always make sure to follow your pace and personal learning style to meet your needs. We will provide you with both lectures and practical exercises because we believe that this is the proper way to prepare you for active shootings. Schedule an appointment with us and we’ll give you any other details you might need.


The beautiful coastal city of Encinitas is home to nearly 60,000 residents, featuring multiple school districts, numerous culture-related facilities, and a great number of community events. It is also one of the areas we serve and strive to protect. We organize our active shooter classes for Encinitas residents, having their needs and safety in mind.

Our Encinitas active shooter training will help you recognize suspicious behavior in individuals and identify active shooters, preventing these life-threatening events to occur in the first place. However, since these situations are highly unpredictable, we will help you stay calm by preparing you for the unexpected. Our active shooter coaching addresses both civilian and first responder needs. Furthermore, we will also tackle the specifics of active shootings in schools, places of worship, government sites, etc.

Our team of trained experts will be by your side to help you learn how to respond to these threats while also protecting yourself. During the course, you will always be in a safe environment, having our support. Rest assured that our teaching approach will be adjusted to your needs and the specifics of a given situation. Feel free to contact us for more information!

Del Mar

Del Mar is the city of cultural diversity, vibrant community, and many local attractions. It is another one of our service areas, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you are interested in joining an active shooter course here. With our assistance, you will be both physically and mentally prepared for unexpected active shooter events because we’ll address different aspects of these circumstances, considering both civilian and first responder perspectives.

Our Del Mar active shooter courses are multifaceted and entail both educational and practical exercises. We will discuss both the psychological side of active shootings while simultaneously teaching you some invaluable self-defense techniques. By addressing every important factor, we will help you learn how to properly react in these situations without endangering yourself or others.

In addition, you can rely on our expert team to guide you through different situations, pointing out all the possible courses of action you can take in these circumstances. They will suggest how you can hide, run or confront active shooters while maintaining the single most important priority – your safety. Here at Cohen Security, ensuring your safety is always our #1 objective and we will do everything we can to achieve it. Contact us for more information anytime!


Here at Cohen Security, we provide comprehensive active shooter courses that address both theoretical and practical aspects of active shootings. These events require a high level of preparedness and ability to respond in an appropriate manner. With us, you’ll have an opportunity to acquire all the necessary self-defense techniques, response methods, and a deeper insight into the mindset of an active shooter.

Once you sign up for our Coronado active shooter training, we will organize lectures where we will address some important questions behind active shooting events. For instance, we’ll explain the psychological features of these individuals, why they typically commit such acts, where active shootings can take place, and the like. During this stage, we aim to prepare you mentally for these dangerous situations, enabling you to stay calm if they do occur.

The next stage entails in-field practice where we assist you in preparing physically for active shootings. You will have an opportunity to learn some important self-defense techniques, hiding strategies, and other important response skills. Our approach is carefully adjusted to the type of training you need, for instance, synagogue- or school-focused.

Most importantly, you will be able to rely on our skilled educators and trainers every step of the way. Our team consists of stellar military officials who have experience in all the important aspects of self-defense. With Israeli military training, we’re more than qualified to help you protect yourself in the event of active shootings. Contact us today for any additional questions and sign up for our trusted, safe active shooter training!


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