Lockdown Procedures

Lockdown procedures are one of the first cabs off the rank when it comes to addressing threat, they need to be well planned, practiced and when executed are fast, safe and efficient.

When folk think lockdown they think active shooter, while this is certainly a lockdown scenario there are many more reasons that would require lockdown. Protest, angry people or drug induced violence are just three additional scenarios.

Locking doors, barricading, moving away from glass and windows, turning lights off and silencing all noise/communication devices is a good start. Understanding the difference between concealment and cover is very important as is positioning everyone in the safest place within your secured environment. All critical elements that contribute to a successful lockdown.

S646 will work with you in developing a successful lockdown procedure, site assessment, training staff and implementing to make your environment safer.

Lockdown simply put fits into three basic principles to achieve a successful outcome – Get Small, Get Quiet, Get Grey.

Small – get down flat on the floor, present as small a target as possible, position yourself in such a way that random shooting through walls or doors is unlikely to hit you.

Quiet – silence everything and everyone, give the impression that the space you occupy is empty, doors are locked. Remember offenders are on a timer as they move through, if a space gives the impression it’s unoccupied or difficult to gain entry, they will move on. They want to be done and gone before responders arrive on scene.

Grey – encapsulates all that we want to achieve in lockdown, hidden from external view, ensure your actions do not bring any attention to your place of safety. Every action you take is with the sole purpose of ‘greying’ you out, you are not there, the space is devoid of people.

Lockdown fits within a suite of actions taken subject to the identified threat, briefly:


The threat to the venue is imminent or offender has gained access to the venue. Our priority is to place as many locked barriers as possible between ourselves and the threat with a focus on quiet cover and/or concealment.


Activated in situations such as armed offenders, aggressive or violent people have been identified outside our venue or in immediate environs. All access points to the venue are locked to prevent access until the threat has been resolved.


Adopted for non-human threats such as extreme weather events. In these circumstances we will seek shelter within the venue interior away from areas of glass.

Evacuation Duress

Activated in instances of bomb threat/IED or highly suspicious item being located inside the venue. Under these circumstances all present will be directed to disperse not assemble, and to move well away from vehicles and buildings.

Please make contact for more information for this or our other services and training packages. Warwick is one of four private consultants to be assessed as a subject matter expert in counter threat operations and is a member of the New Zealand Police Crowded Places Advisory Group.