People are the Prize






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S. Windsor, CT

31 July - 1 Aug 2017


31 July - 1 Aug 2017

Monday - Tuesday



South Windsor Police Department 151 Sands Hill Road

South Windsor, CT 06074


Don't settle for the small solution...



During extreme violence, people don't do what they should do. They do whatever they can do to survive. Because we live busy lives and have very little time to train, we must focus on enhancing what the person can already do, instead of giving them a bulky, complicated, and hard to remember lists or acronyms of what they should do...but won't.


People first, everything else second...


We know what people will and can do because we've meticulously researched and carefully analyzed countless school attacks and other incidents of extreme violence and we discovered that those who survive implement the same 3 successful principles.


In this fast paced, in-depth, 2-day professional development, you'll learn how to effectively utilize these three principles as well as receive the skills, materials, and support to equip your school to do the same.


Don't scare your teachers or waste precious time trying to make them into something they're not. ACT FAST enhances a person's natural response to extreme violence and that makes it the easiest and quickest strategy to implement, taking as little as 30 minutes or less to prepare teachers, staff members, & students to use it.



Don't settle for the small solution...


Every other crisis program is procedural based instead of people focused which makes their scope narrow and their application small. When your students move on in life, their programs don't go with them. It stays with the school, not the person.


ACT FAST travels with the student forever because it's people focused.


We have limited training time, resources, and funds. Don't waste yours on a small solution. Seize the bigger opportunity and impact a life for a lifetime with ACT FAST!


With ACT FAST, your students as well as your teachers and staff members, will know how to survive a school attack, but also a terrorist attack, active shooter, work place violence, stalker, domestic assault—any extreme violence they will encounter in life!


Complement without conflict...


ACT FAST enhances the person's natural response to extreme violence which means that it complements all other policies, procedures, programs, or protocols.


There's zero conflict with adding ACT FAST to your established crisis procedures. Simply keep everything you're doing now and make it better with ACT FAST or use it as your stand-alone response.


What is included?


Each participant receives 2 days of classroom instruction, a course certificate, 14 hours of in-service credits, certification as an ACT FAST Instructor as well as the materials listed below!


Recorded Videos for Teachers:

Each teacher (from your school) will receive access to our ACT FAST for Teachers Recorded Videos. These 10 short videos (1hr 45 mins) walk a teacher through the principles & strategies you'll learn in the live training.

Normally $897 per school, access to this course is free to your school if you attend this professional development! Use these videos as a stand alone training or in combination with other included materials--you decide!

Learn More


Use the included PowerPoint to present ACT FAST to your teachers, staff members, and students. (PowerPoint is approximately 75 slides. Participants who attend the live training will be walked through the PowerPoint as well as watch an example of the instructor giving the class in 30 minutes or less).


Instructor Video:

To make presenting ACT FAST to your school even easier, each participant will receive access to an instructor video where they can watch the instructor explaining key slides in the PowerPoint as well as how to make the most of the PowerPoint. Use this as a refresher or to gain additional tips, ideas, and suggestions for giving an awesome class!


Continued Support:

Call, email, or text and we'll make sure you're ready to present ACT FAST, implement the strategies, and that your school is better prepared to survive a school attack.


Topics & Course Outline

Day 1: 8:30 - 4:00

(classroom instruction & practical applications)

    Understanding the true nature of the threat, the fluid dynamics of a school attack, and a person's physical response to horrific events and how it can help or hurt

    Understanding & applying the 3 principles of ACT FAST

    Real examples of how others have used the 3 principles of ACT FAST to survive a school attack and lead others to survive a school attack

    Initiating the ACT FAST strategy as an individual and school wide response

    Integrating secondary strategies such as Run, Hide, Fight, Deny, Delay, Defend (and other strategies) into the primary strategy of ACT FAST

    Assessing warning signs and deciding when and how to transition into another ACT FAST principle or strategy

Day 2: 8:30 - 4:00

(classroom instruction & practical applications)

    Establishing and prioritizing individual and school-wide First Actions in a crisis

    Breaking the myth that the only form of fighting is going physical with the attacker

    How hiding, denying, running, locking down, and surviving are all forms of effective fighting

    Realistic and effective measures to control access into classrooms

    Perfecting the lockdown (hide/deny) procedure and regaining the initiative

    Preparing a school with the skills to survive and end a school attack

    Explaining and instilling a true survivor's mindset in others

    Understanding police response and procedures for ending a school attack

    Collaborating effectively with police and other critical support professionals

    Responding to parents, the media, and other members of the community

    Blending the ACT FAST procedures into existing procedures or utilizing as a stand-alone program

    Making the most out of course materials, online videos, and instructor support


100% of those who've attended this course...

would recommend it to their friends and well as attend another course by Don Shomette!



the instructor & creator of ACT FAST

Don Shomette is unlike any other violence prevention specialist. He doesn't focus on cameras, doors, and locks, but people. His personal motto is that People are the Prize and this unrelenting belief is embedded into everything that he and his company (People are the Prize) create or present.


Cameras record. Locks delay. People prevent violence. Nothing is more imporant than a committed, trained vigilant person.


People are the Prize!


Rated consistently for over 20 years as one of the best instructors ever, Don challenges, inspires, and has equipped thousands of schools and police departments to think differently about preventing violence.


And if that doesn't make him different enough, he's has 8 kids of his own, was a prior School Resource Officer, therapeutic foster parent, and a US Marine for 12 years with the distinction of being an honor graduate from Marine Corps Recruit Training, Infantry Training School, Non-Commissioned Officer School, and Officer Candidate School.


As an expert in assessing threats of violence and conducting human threat assessments, Don has equipped countless school districts, superintendents, principals, SRO's, counselors, teachers, mayors, city managers, and other community leaders with the skills and materials to quickly and accurately determine if a student truly poses a threat to himself and others.


Don's expertise in discerning threats of violence is consistently sought by law enforcement and school personnel throughout the country.

Don Shomette

"I was going to retire, but you inspired me to keep going."


--New York Police Officer 20+ years

"I have never had a presenter who was so knowledgeable on the topic. I learned more in this 2-day course than in my 16 years in my law enforcement and teaching career."


--Professor of Criminal Justice, AL

"I enjoyed your class so much that I texted my training Sgt and thanked him for sending me!"


--Indiana Police Officer 8+ Years





He's had the privilege of working inside and with urban, rural, suburban, private, charter, universities, and religious schools with mild to severe violence issues and ranging in size from 8,000 students to over 65,000 students.

Some of those that he's helped...


and many more...


"The information was very informative. I can't imagine NOT having this information. With that, I returned to my district last night and spoke to great length about what I learned these past two days.


-- Assistant Principal 4-7 yrs

"Don speaks about things that actually matter. Very knowledgeable. The strategy is easy to understand and simple enough to teach."


-- SRO 1-3 yrs

"Great course! Enlightens the mind. Learned a great wealth of knowledge over the past two days. PowerPoint was very good."


-- Community Services Officer 1-3 yrs


"Excellent course that encouraged discussion among participants! This course is a must for every administrator to take!"


-- Principal 8+ yrs

"You have a tremendous amount of knowledge pertaining to this topic.

I always come away from your classes learning something new."


-- SRO 15+ yrs

"Thank you for your wonderful presentation! Vibrant and lively interaction allows us to engage in the class. Thank you!"


-- Principal 15+ yrs

"This is my third training session taught by Don.

Great classes, great instructor."


--Police Officer 15+ yrs

"Instructor was incredibly well spoken/interesting."


-- SRO 1-3 yrs

"Great training for school admin, SRO's and school security."


-- SRO 15+ yrs

"Thank you! It was a pleasure learning from you!"


-- School administrator 15+ yrs

"I really like the idea of focusing on people's strength!"


-- School Safety Officer 15+ yrs

"Don's commitment to preventing violence through relationships first and foremost is heartening!"


-- Principal 15+ yrs

"Outstanding training, great information to take back to my school!"


-- SRO 15+ yrs

Register for ACT FAST!


Only 35 seats available!


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Registration Fee:


$395 per person*


Group Registration Fee:

$345 per person*

Agencies that send 3 or more to the training

Cancellation/Reschedule Policy:

  1. The Shomette Group reserves the right to cancel or reschedule training. If the training is cancelled or rescheduled, you will be contacted at the email address and/or phone number you provided when you registered.
  2. Any training with less than 15 registrations one week prior to the course start date may be rescheduled or cancelled.
  3. The Shomette Group is not responsible for any expenses incurred as a result of the rescheduling or cancellation of any course.

Attendance Policy:

  1. All trainings are private and not open to the public.
  2. No person will be admitted without prior written approval from The Shomette Group.
  3. All registrations must be made prior to start of the training. Those who arrive on the day of the training, without first being registered and approved to attend, will be denied access.
  4. Because of the sensitivity of the materials, participants may be required to validate their law enforcement and or association with an educational institution.
  5. The Shomette Group reserves the right to deny anyone admittance to the training at any time.

Refund Policy:

  1. Request for refunds must be made in writing two weeks prior to the course start date or the registration fee will be applied to another training.
  2. A $25 dollar refund fee may be charged depending on payment method.
  3. Refunds may take 90 days

For Assistance:

Please call or email Don Shomette


Your privacy:

Matters a great deal to us. We will never share your information. Period.

* Fee includes instruction, materials, support, and access to free staff development materials only for the participants and their individual school. For a school to use the materials, they must send a staff member to the training.

* Additional fees may apply to use the online training recorded videos for schools with more than 200 staff members and teachers.

*All participants must be approved by The Shomette Group which reserves the right to make the final determination of who is permitted to attend a professional development.

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