Presentation on theme: "Active Shooter Incidents The Community Response"— Presentation transcript:
1 Active Shooter Incidents The Community Response Chief Joel Holdford APG Police DepartmentOur mission is to provide the Army the installation capabilities and services to support expeditionary operations in a time of persistent conflict, and to provide a quality of life for Soldiers and Families commensurate with their service.We are the Army’s home
2 Active Shooter Response Training ObjectivesDefine the term “active shooter”List measures that can be employed to reduce the effectiveness of an active shooterDescribe actions that can be expected from responding law enforcement officers
3 Active Shooter Response The Active Shooter DefinedA suspect or assailant whose activity is immediately causing death and serious injuryThreat is not contained and there is immediate risk of death and injury
4 Active Shooter Response Mentality of Active ShooterDesire is to kill and seriously injure without concern for his safety or threat of captureNormally has intended victims and will search them outAccepts targets of opportunity while searching for or after finding intended victimsWill continue to move throughout building/area until stopped by law enforcement, suicide, or other intervention
5 Active Shooter Response Your ResponseEVACUATE (RUN) - This is the best option if safe to do so - Have an escape route and plan in mind- Leave your belongings behind- Keep your hands visible
6 Active Shooter Response Your ResponseSecure the immediate area – whether classroom, bathroom, or office.Lock the door. This may require advanced planning to ensure ability to lock the door – key and type of lock.Most doors in government buildings are solid core, and many walls are block and brick. This may provide some protectionBlock the door using whatever is available - desks, file cabinets, books, other furniture…If the shooter enters your room and leaves, lock/barricade the door behind him. Overpower??If safe allow others to seek refuge with you
7 Active Shooter Response Your ResponseTreat the injuredRemember basic first aidFor bleeding apply pressure and elevateBe creative in identifying items to use for this purpose - clothing, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, news papers, etc.
8 Active Shooter Response Your ResponseUn-securing an areaThe shooter will not stop until his objectives have been met, unless engaged by law enforcementConsider the risk exposure created by opening the doorAttempts to rescue people should only be made if that can be done without further endangering the persons inside a secured areaThe shooter may bang on the door and yell for help to entice you to open the doorRemember the safety of the masses versus the safety of a fewIf there is any doubt to the safety of the individuals inside the room, the area needs to remain secured
9 Active Shooter Response Your ResponseDoors, Windows, Openings, and NoiseClose blindsBlock windowsTurn off radios and computer monitors if necessarySilence cell phonesSigns can be placed in interior doors, windows, but remember the shooter can see thesePlace signs in exterior windows to identify the location of injured personsKeep occupants calm and quietAfter securing the room. People should be positioned out of sight and behind items that might offer additional protection - walls, desks, file cabinets, etc.
10 Active Shooter Response Your ResponseEmergency 911911 may be overwhelmedbusy signalmultiple rings
11 Active Shooter Response What to ReportYour specific locationBuilding name and addressOffice/classroom numberNumber of people at your specific locationInjuriesNumber of people injuredTypes of injuriesDispatcher may provide instructions on how to care for injured until medical assistance can be provided
12 Active Shooter Response What to ReportAssailant(s)Specific locationNumber of assailant(s)Race and GenderClothing color and stylePhysical features – height, weight, facial hair, glassesType of weapons (rifle/shotgun, handgun)BackpackDo you recognize the shooter? What’s his name?Have you heard explosions separate from gunshots?
13 Active Shooter Response Unsecured/Open AreasIf you find yourself in an open area, immediately seek protectionPut something between you and the shooterIs escape your best option? Do you know where the shooter is? Is escape immediately available?If in doubt find a safe area and secure it the best way you can
14 Active Shooter Response Law Enforcement ResponseLaw enforcement will immediately respond to the areaIt is important for you to convey to others that help is on theway. Remain inside the secure area.Law enforcement’s goal is to locate, contain, and stop theshooterThe safest place for you to be is inside a secure roomThe shooter will not flee when law enforcement enters thebuilding, instead he will have new targets to shootRemember the shooter’s mindset is not escape. His goal is to kill and injure
15 Active Shooter Response Law Enforcement ResponseInjured personsInitial responding officers will not treat the injured or begin evacuation until the threat is neutralizedYou may need to explain this to others in an attempt to calm themOnce the shooter is contained, officers will begin treatment and evacuationEvacuationSafety corridors will be established. This may be time consumingRemain in secure areas until instructed otherwiseYou may be instructed to keep your hands on your headYou may be searchedYou will be escorted out of the building by law enforcement personnel
16 Active Shooter Response SummaryActive ShooterYou should take a leadership roleSeek secure area, escape if possibleCalm, reassure, and quiet othersReport the incidentTreat injuredLaw enforcement responseObjective is to neutralize threatEvacuationFollow up medical care, interview, counselingInvestigation
17 Active Shooter Response Closing StatementWe can no longer predict the origin of the next threatAssailants in some recent incidents across the country were not students or employeesThere were no obvious specific targets and the victims were unaware they were targets, until attacked
18 Active Shooter Response END OF BRIEFINSTALLATION MANAGEMENT COMMAND“Sustain, Support and Defend”