By Brice Wallace

It wasn’t all that long ago that the term “active shooter” did not exist.

But Salt Lake City Police Capt. Lance VanDongen recently reminded a group in Salt Lake City that it now is commonplace — so much so that business owners and managers need to understand the threat that it and other violent acts represent and how they can try to mitigate their impact when they occur.

Speaking at the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Utah Education Summit — which took place after the Las Vegas shootings but before last week’s shooting in Red Butte Canyon in Salt Lake City — VanDongen said such discussions are “a tough topic that sometimes is a bit of a trouble topic to contemplate,” but discussion and education can help.

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