Report: Uneven Training for US Facilities Guards


WASHINGTON - A new report says contract guards who protect federal facilities are receiving uneven training on responding to shootings like the one last month at the Washington Navy Yard.

The report was released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office. A summary was presented at a House subcommittee hearing on securing federal facilities.

The report says officials at five guard companies said their guards had not received training on what to do when a gunman is opening fire.

L. Eric Patterson, the director of the Federal Protective Service, says the agency developed a training program but is also constrained by state laws limiting what actions guards can take.

The subcommittee convened the hearing to discuss federal facility security following the Sept. 16 Navy Yard shooting that left 13 dead, including the gunman.

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