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Active Shooter Policies

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Paul DeAnda
Paul DeAnda asked

What policies and guidelines are Cities using for a report of an active shooter in the community?


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Alexandra Iannolo

Hello,
There is currently a lot of work being done on active shooter policies. I found various sites and documents that may help answer your question.
First here is the active shooter response guideline from the Department of Homeland Security.
www.alerts.si.edu/docs/DHS_ActiveShooterBook.pdf
The Federal Emergency Management Association also has created a web course on active shooter responses and policy. The link is listed below.
http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/IS907.asp
I have also included the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Policy and Procedure Manual to Active Shooters.
http://shr2.elpasoco.com/PDF/policy/chapter_07/731_policy.pdf
The link below goes to the City of Minneapolis’ Police Department policy page which describes their active shooter response plan.
http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/mpdpolicy/7-900/7-900.asp
In Yuma County, Colorado they have established a training program dedicated to active shooter response. The information about that course is listed below.
http://www.co.yuma.az.us/index.aspx?page=17&recordid=1361
In New York City the police department produced its own report regarding active shooters using past incidents to guide their policy making procedures.
http://www.nypdshield.org/public/SiteFiles/documents/ActiveShooter.pdf
The National Retail Federation also has a list of suggested guidelines to follow for active shooters. This may be helpful to share with businesses in your community.
http://www.lpinformation.com/Portals/0/NRF_ActiveShooter_Guidelines.pdf
While looking into the issue I found a lot of active shooter policies listed from university and college websites. I have included links to their policies as well some of their training documents below.
1- University of Central Florida Response PowerPoint http://cra20.humansci.msstate.edu/Active%20Shooter%20-%20Not%20A%20Shot%20In%20The%20Dark%20-%20ACHA%202009.pdf
2- Penn State, York Campus Active Shooter Response Plan
http://www.yk.psu.edu/Information/Safety/29011.htm
3- Tufts University Shooter Response Plan
http://publicsafety.tufts.edu/emergency/?pid=19

I hope these links are helpful!
Ali Iannolo
ICMA Knowledge Network Intern
aiannolo@ICMA.org

Chris Gebhardt

Chris Gebhardt

Please do NOT post this information in a thread that is accessible to the general public. You are placing the lives of Police Officers at risk by posting this type of information. The best way to handle such a request is to contact the requestor, confirm their identify, and response in private.

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