Schools have fire drills and banks have bank robbery drills. Did you know that the City Of Mountain View’s Police Department provides bank robbery training to local banks and other financial institutions? I’m not talking about just a PowerPoint presentation or a lecture about what could happen during a robbery but actually having a mock robbery of the bank or financial institution so that employees get a feel of what it is really like to be robbed. Rest assured, none of the mock robberies happen during a bank’s open business hours!
The MVPD’s Bank Robbery training lasts about two hours and will teach employees methods on how to remain calm during a robbery and how to remember robbery details. The police department provides these trainings so that if a robbery happens, there is a better chance that the employees will remember details about the robber which will help police catch the suspect.
During the mock robbery, the MVPD will have role players come in and mock rob the bank. Tellers will participate with the play money they have been given by the MVPD for the drill. Afterwards, the MVPD will question the tellers, or other financial employees, and provide them with information about safety after a robbery, how to describe the suspects, the suspect’s vehicle and their weapon. It is also a great time for the bank or business to review robbery procedures with employees. By being prepared, employees will be better able to protect the customers in the institution at the time of the robbery and help the police catch the suspect with the details they provide.
Bank Robbery Training: http://www.ci.mtnview.ca.us/city_hall/police/business_concerns/bank_robbery_training.asp.