How Did You (Bill Barna) Come Up With The Idea For The Bolo Stick?

My name is Bill Barna. I've been a police officer for 32 years and back in 2013 I was an active shooter instructor and teaching our Police Departments a single officer response and dual officer response to active shooter situations. In doing so, I noticed that schools were utilizing the ALICE program to safeguard students which in short was basically just increasing awareness and shutting down the lights and locking the doors for the classrooms to prevent an active shooter from coming in. In doing, so I spoke with the educators there [and] the administrators and I asked them if I came up with a better way to safeguard the classrooms if they'd be interested.

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Bolo Stick LLC was founded by William J. Barna, a 33-year police officer in the aftermath of repetitive critical incidents occurring within schools, churches, medical facilities, manufacturing plants, and public venues around the United States. As a veteran officer and certified Police Academy Instructor, he saw the need for an instantaneous solution to barricade interior doors from unwanted intruders. Thus, the Bolo Stick was created to be a solid steel barricade capable of withstanding forces in excess of 2 tons while maintaining affordability to cash-strapped school systems, churches, mosques, synagogues, and businesses. While Bolo Stick was initially developed with schools in mind, it is being utilized in churches, hospitals, daycares, and workplaces as companies increase efforts for workplace security in light of recent public shootings. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reports that 69% of the active-shooter incidents studied between 2000 - 2013 lasted less than 5 minutes. Bolo Stick was designed to serve as a barricade in the protection of human life against unwanted threats. The one-step activation allows for protection in seconds and the low attachment point on doors prevents unwanted room entry while saving lives. Bolo Stick is endorsed by NOCSSM, the National Organization of Church Security and Safety Management. Bolo Stick is a member of the Tennessee Sheriffs' Association (Member No. 973751)

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