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A Lesson in Public Safety. Major C. Scott Coverstone – James Madison University Police Department Sgt. Peggy Campbell – James Madison University Police.

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1 A Lesson in Public Safety

2 Major C. Scott Coverstone – James Madison University Police Department Sgt. Peggy Campbell – James Madison University Police Department

3 Develop your own Safety Plan Make yourself a hard target Be aware of your surroundings Use well lit and well traveled areas Trust your instincts Developing a defensive mindset Use common sense Be responsible Advise authorities when something looks or feels suspicious

4 Keep your office doors locked Dont leave property unattended Secure bike to bike rack Keep cars locked & valuables out of sight

5 Approaching your vehicle Looking under car Checking back seat Keys in hand Keys as a weapon Keep car doors locked and valuables out of sight.

6 Call local police or security. Information needed What is problem? Description of suspect/victim. When did it happen? Where did it happen? Your name and phone number

7 What skills do you have? Verbalization Yelling vs. screaming Decision to Resist Defensive Mindset Proportionate to attack Physical techniques

8 Basic Physical Defense Advanced Self Defense RAD for Men r.a.d.KIDS


10 Key access to main office & individual offices Buddy system – if you are meeting with someone late, try and have someone else in the office. If office is every re-furbished, install doors with windows on the private offices. Options Design of office Daily routine

11 A fire breaks out Intrusion alarms Medical Emergency Customer in work area becomes verbally abusive A co-worker is physically assaulted Receive threatening s/phone call/messages Bomb threat is received Hostile Intruder


13 When the fire alarm sounds, evacuate the building. If a fire breaks out and the alarm is not sounding, pull the fire alarm. What is the closest exit to your office? Secondary exit? Have a meeting place outside for employees. Have designated person meet with fire officials.

14 If safe, dial local 911 or security to report the fire. Become familiar with locations of pull stations and fire extinguishers. Have designated person to secure sensitive areas of the office.

15 Physical security Personal security Perimeter activated Panic alarms Established response procedure Code words Meet responder outside structure Keep contact list updated Change reset codes

16 Call 911 Dispatcher will need certain information Type of emergency Conscious/breathing Age/M or F Location AED

17 Panic buttons If you overhear abusive language, have a coded answer to get help Yes, we can do that later today. CALL POLICE No, Ill re-schedule that to do later. IM OK. Remain Calm Listen

18 VICTIM If you can escape assault, lock yourself in an office and call police – x6911 Think safety first – What are my escape routes? Play the What if? game Develop a plan of action Take a self defense class

19 WITNESS Call Police or Security Dispatcher will need certain information Is the assault in progress? If assailant has left, direction of travel Description of assailant/clothing Weapon involved? Does victim need medical attention? Nature of injuries

20 WITNESS How can I help my co-worker escape? Are you physically able to help your co-worker?

21 Take the threat of violence seriously Plan carefully so nothing is left to chance Treat people fairly, and most of the time they will react accordingly Collect keys and deactivate access cards and network accounts immediately

22 Threats Intimidation

23 DO NOT DELETE Print out the Call Law Enforcement immediately

24 Do not delete messages Report immediately to local security/police On D-term phones, record numbers & letters that are displayed Record date & time of call, what was said.

25 Remain calm and make every effort to talk with the caller Ask questions like When will it go off? What is the location of the bomb? Building/area Record numbers & letters that appear on d- term screen. Record date and time of call. What was said by the caller.

26 Remain calm, do not engage the intruder. If safely possible, try to escape the area quickly and quietly. If attempting to escape, do not carry cell phones or objects in your hands. As you move through open areas, keep your hands elevated with open palms visible, especially if encountering responding law enforcement officers. Follow all the instructions officers may give you. If you cannot safely exit the building, seek shelter in a room where the doors can be locked or barricaded securely. Close and lock windows, lower blinds, remain out of sight and turn off lights.

27 Once secured inside, take cover behind concrete walls, thick desks, filing cabinets, away from windows and doors. Remain quiet, turn off cell phone ringers. Only one person from the room call Police and tell then where the intruder is and the condition of others with you. Follow their instructions. If you cannot speak, leave the line open so the dispatcher can hear what is going on. Assist others if they are injured. Do not respond to any unfamiliar voice commands until you can be sure that they are coming from a police officer. Do not open the door until you can be positive that it is a police officer or a recognized public safety official coming to help you.

28 Run away from the threat if you can. Do not run in a straight line. Keep obstacles between you and the intruder to block the view of the intruder while you are running. If you decide to hide, chose solid objects, can you be found there and is it a good spot to remain hidden. If you are caught in the open and others around you have been injured, you may choose to play injured/dead. Obey all commends from the police

29 Madison ALERT – campus horn & PA system JMU radio AM1610 broadcasts JMU web page at Blast to Connect-ED: Text Messages to registered users Faculty & Staff register through J-ESS Students register through e-campus Building Coordinators ORL Hall Directors & Resident Advisors Interdepartmental & Building phone trees Emergency FAX notifications to JMU Departments Police Loudspeakers & PA systems Thorguard System RED ALERT horn Local Media/Campus TV/Radio Broadcasts

30 4600 page living document Over 400 agencies worldwide are using JMUs as a model plan Available on the Departments web page

31 James Madison University Department of Police and Public Safety 821 South Main Street – MSC 6810 Harrisonburg, VA Emergency: (Or just 6911 from any on campus phone) Non-Emergency/Escorts: Alternate Emergency: (If campus phone lines are not working) Fax:

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