Tribal Casino Security Team Adds New Capabilities

By Ron Avery

This past few weeks I had the pleasure of working with the Royal River Casino security force in Flandreau, South Dakota. This has been a long term commitment on their part to upgrade and constantly improve their readiness to respond to medical, security and tactical situations that would require upgraded skills and capabilities.

The Royal River Casino is owned and managed by the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe. Tribal President Josh Weston and the Tribal Council have been instrumental in continually improving the casino and the security systems in place as well as improving the community in the process with other far reaching programs.

In our latest training evolution, team members learned to better function as a team in a hostile environment as they went through active shooter, armed robbery and other complex situations where judgment and skill along with team tactics were required to be successful. In both daytime and near dark encounters, they learned to coordinate, communicate and execute team movement and individual skills by patiently doing it again and again until they got it right and then doing it some more.

Team members learned to use tactics appropriate to the mission, make critical decisions under pressure, adjust to the situation and bring maximum firepower into the fight when required.

We also worked on confrontation management skills with the whole security force to give security team members new skills to manage different levels of conflict at appropriate levels of force. Everything from conversational skills to deadly force options was taught along with strategies to implement these skills into their existing training.

I truly enjoy interacting with these folks and I am honored to be able to work with them.

Native Americans rock!

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