Vulnerability Assessment – Crime Analysis
The vulnerability assessment is vital to providing a safe working environment. Its purpose is to assess the structural disadvantages of a facility, as well as vulnerabilities in daily business operations. The first line of defense against a robbery is increasing the difficulty level in allowing a criminal to access and successfully overcome a facility. A confidential report is created for each facility, highlighting specific areas of concern with recommendations for improvement and fortification. The vicinity crime analysis provides the financial institution with a detailed report of actual crimes committed in the immediate area of the branch. This report will assist in determining the threat and vulnerability status of the facility.
With the practical application, interaction, and “hands on” examples from real life events and experiences, your employees will find this training to be fascinating and enlightening. We cover many issues including the different personalities of the armed robber and appropriate responses to each one, as well as, physical, emotional and psychological responses to a critical incident, during and after the event.
Situational Exercise (Scenario)
The scenario is the most exciting part of the training. Scenario actors portray armed bank robbers but no real weapons are used. The tellers will be at their stations and will be given instructions on how to respond. Other employees will be at their work stations, or in any position to witness the “robbery rehearsal.”
The goal of the scenario is to allow the employees the opportunity to apply the training, knowledge and skills they have just learned in a controlled stress environment. This method of learning is a tried and proven technique in law enforcement and military instruction for individuals who are required to make critical decisions in life threatening situations.
If an armed robbery should occur at your bank, your employees will be able to draw on this experience and respond more effectively, than if they were just given the information without the chance to apply it.
At the conclusion of the training, we have a debriefing of the training session. The employees are given an employee evaluation form where they can give us their comments, critiques, thoughts, opinions and perspectives about the F.I.S.T.™ Certification Program.
The primary goal of this training is to instruct individuals in the banking industry on appropriate behavior during a critical incident/robbery. This information may save the lives of employees. We feel that the potential preservation of life is the greatest benefit anyone can offer. Additional benefits include:
The vulnerability assessment recommendations are valuable tools in preventing your financial institution from becoming an armed robbery target.
Your staff will appreciate the special training, knowing that their employers allowed them to have the best training available in the nation today and implemented additional security procedures for their safety.
The confidence gained through the F.I.S.T.™ Certification Program increases the likelihood of being able to retain quality employees. They are prepared emotionally and mentally to enable and empower them to continue working after a critical incident occurs. This also decreases the potential liabilities facing financial institutions after robberies, such as “failure to train” or “hazardous working environment” lawsuits.
After the training, you will receive a F.I.S.T. ™ logo seal to place on the front doors of your facility. This trademark is becoming widely recognized in the banking industry as a symbol of superior security and training. It informs all who enter that the institution has been F.I.S.T. ™ CERTIFIED.
Annual Security Training
Once a financial institution has been F.I.S.T. ™ Certified, we will provide yearly follow up training sessions for a minimal fee. These sessions meet the yearly requirements set forth by the Banking Protection Act and alleviate the burden of individual banks having to create new security programs each year. It is also an excellent refresher course in the core principles of the F.I.S.T. ™ Certification Program.