News & Events

Date and Time of Release: 18 January 2013

Subject: Information on Active Shooter Incidents (Part 3)

Arriving Law Enforcement’s first priority is to engage and stop the Active Shooter as soon as possible. Officers will form up and immediately proceed to engage the Active Shooter.

• Officers will group up to engage the Active Shooter, if possible. However, a single officer may engage the shooter if warranted

• Arriving officers may be from various agencies and have different uniforms, equipment, and other types of vehicles. Some vehicles may not be marked as a normal Law Enforcement vehicle.

• Officers may have various types of weapons, i.e. handguns, shotguns, assault rifles, and tear gas launchers

• Officers may deploy tear gas or pepper spray to control the situation

• Officers may shout commands and push people down on the ground for their safety. It’s important for your safety that you follow the Officers orders

It should be noted that arriving officers will not stop to help injured people; their initial response is to stop the Active Shooter, so be aware of this. Expect rescue teams comprised of additional officers and other emergency medical personnel to follow the initial responding officers. The rescue teams will treat and remove any injured people. They may call upon able-bodied individuals to assist them in removing the wounded from the premises.

Once you have reached a safe location or an assembly point, you will likely be held in that area by law enforcement until the situation is under control and secure, and all witnesses have been identified and questioned. DO NOT leave until released by law enforcement authorities. Information you have about the incident might be vital to law enforcement or other people involved in the incident.

Next time we will look at how you should react when law enforcement arrives on scene of an active shooter incident.