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1 October shooting draws questions about future security on Strip

In the wake of the deadly mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a question has lingered among experts.

So, what does the future of security look like on the Strip?

One idea is to have highly-trained and specialized security forces inside each hotel.

A military-grade training center in Pahrump says it's up to the task.

The most common conflict hotel security guards face are unruly casino guests. But are those same security guards prepared for a worst-case scenario?

Colonel Amir Goren, the co-founder of the Agoge Academy, says it's up to the hotels to provide the first line of defense.

"They cannot wait for the police or the SWAT team, no time. Time means more victims," Goren said.

Goren served three decades in the Israeli Defense Forces, and most recently, he was in charge of training troops in special forces. Goren still serves in a reserve role as a trainer and believes the techniques he teaches abroad apply in Las Vegas as well.

"Give them all the tools for the preparation for the duties of the security officer," Goren said.

So does a massive 20-acre, sprawling combat training facility translate well when it comes to protecting hotels and casinos?

One executive says it 'absolutely' does.

"Getting them the training that they should have, and that they will have, is important, and critical," said MetAl Salinas, VP, Security, Golden Gaming

Salinas recently took over the top security post for Golden Gaming, which includes the Stratosphere. He says the goal is to get his security guards up to this level.

"First responders will be on scene quickly, but my security forces are there immediately, Salinas said. "They're right there, so they have to be prepared to deal with a threat if need be."

Retired Nevada Highway Patrol trooper and Agoge Academy co-founder Riley Hunt says if we learned anything from the tragic shooting on the Strip, it's that time is of the essence when it comes to waiting for police to arrive.

"Every second counts," said Hunt. "Every second that the active shooter or that terrorist have a chance to fire that weapon, each round is a potential life lost."

Agoge Academy shares a facility with the Nye County Sheriff's Department. Its staff provides instruction for law enforcement and training and consulting work for the police, security, and military operations around the world.

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