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Law Enforcement and Financial Institutions: A Need To Train and Communicate

NCJ Number
FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin Volume: 57 Issue: 3 Dated: (March 1988) Pages: 12-15
R Zeihen; M Zeihen; T E Burg
Date Published
4 pages
The primary purposes of coordinated law enforcement/financial institution training are to ensure the safety of everyone involved in a holdup, to teach employees to be attentive to suspicious persons and activities and what to observe during a robbery, and to minimize the losses of the institution.
Although training may be conducted at the financial institution or at a separate training facility, onsite training permits police personnel to explain the institution's security devices, examine the layout for problem areas, and answer specific questions. If conducted at the financial institution, training sessions should last no longer than 90 minutes and be scheduled just prior to opening or after closing to ensure maximum attendance. The training should cover general security procedures, safety and protective devices, specific robbery precautions, employee actions during and after a robbery, and hostage/extortion situations. Coordinated training updates each law enforcement agency's response operations, standardizes security procedures and responses in an area, and prepares financial institution employees to deal with robbery threats in a safe and effective manner.