Law enforcement’s purpose is to stop the active shooter as soon as possible. Officers will proceed directly to the area in which the last shots were heard.
- Ofﬁcers usually arrive in teams of four (4);
- Ofﬁcers may wear regular patrol uniforms or external bulletproof vests, Kevlar helmets, and other tactical equipment;
- Ofﬁcers may be armed with riﬂes, shotguns, handguns;
- Ofﬁcers may use pepper spray or tear gas to control the situation;
- Ofﬁcers may shout commands, and may push individuals to the ground for their safety;
How to react when law enforcement arrives:
- Remain calm, and follow ofﬁcers’ instructions;
- Put down any items in your hands (i.e., bags, jackets);
- Immediately raise hands and spread ﬁngers;
- Keep hands visible at all times;
- Avoid making quick movements toward ofﬁcers such as holding on to them for safety;
- Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling;
- Do not stop to ask ofﬁcers for help or direction when evacuating, just proceed in the direction from which ofﬁcers are entering the premises
Information to provide to law enforcement or 911 operator:
- Location of the active shooter;
- Number of shooters, if more than one;
- Physical description of shooter/s;
- Number and type of weapons held by the shooter/s;
- Number of potential victims at the location
The ﬁrst ofﬁcers to arrive to the scene will not stop to help injured persons. Expect rescue teams comprised of additional ofﬁcers and emergency medical personnel to follow the initial ofﬁcers. These rescue teams will treat and remove any injured persons. They may also call upon able-bodied individuals to assist 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 all witnesses have been identiﬁed and questioned. Do not leave until law enforcement authorities have instructed you to do so.