Emergency Response Guide
Response to a Hostile Intruder Situation (Active Shooter)
IntroductionThere has been an increase, in not only the number, but also the severity of violent incidents in schools in the past few years. It is apparent that campuses of higher education need to be prepared in case there are similar incidents at the university or community college level. The events and incidents of the past several years have given institutions the opportunity to review and revise policy and procedure in reference to hostile or aggressive intruder situations.
Time is of the essence and quick and decisive actions may very well be the difference between life and death for community members. Although this type of situation is unlikely, the Triton College community, as a whole, must be prepared to put this plan into effect and minimize the damage to life and property that a hostile intruder can evoke.
It should be noted, as evidence from past incidents has shown, active shooter(s) intent upon killing innocent person(s) will not stop until opposing forces engage the shooter.
Hostile Intruder in a Building (Shelter in Place)When a hostile person(s) is actively causing death or serious bodily injury or the threat of imminent death or serious bodily injury to person(s) within a building, the following procedures are recommended.
While the guide refers primarily to academic buildings, it should be stated that these procedures are also relevant to administrative buildings and other common buildings on the campus.
Escape is always one’s best option, but not always possible. If one knows the location of the hostile intruder and can confidently escape the area, this is the best choice. However, one must consider that there could be more than one offender.
Hostile Intruder in a Building (Other Options)If not in a locking classroom or office, one may try to evacuate the building or get to a locking classroom or office.
If one is caught in an open area, such as a hallway or lounge, he/she must decide what to do. This is a very crucial time and it can possibly mean life or death.
Hostile Intruder(s) (on the grounds of the campus)When a hostile person(s) is actively causing death or serious physical injury or the threat of imminent death or serious physical injury to person(s) on the grounds of Triton College, following procedures are recommended.
What to Expect From Responding Police OfficersPolice officers responding to an active shooter are trained to proceed immediately to the area in which shots were last heard; their purpose is to stop the shooting as quickly as possible. As mentioned, normally, the active shooter will not stop unless engaged by opposing forces.
The first responding officers will normally be in teams of four to six officers (4-6); they may be dressed in regular patrol uniforms, or they may be wearing external bulletproof vests, Kevlar helmets, and other tactical equipment. The officers may be armed with rifles, shotguns, or handguns, and might be using pepper spray or tear gas to control the situation.
Regardless of how they appear, remain calm, do as the officers tell you, and do not be afraid of them. Put down any bags or packages you may be carrying and keep your hands visible at all times; if you know where the shooter is, tell the officers.
The first team of officers to arrive will not stop to aid injured people; rescue teams composed of other officers and emergency medical personnel will follow the first team of officers into secured areas to treat and remove injured persons.
Keep in mind that even after you have escaped to a safer location, the entire area is still a crime scene; police will usually not let anyone leave until the situation is fully under control and all witnesses have been identified and questioned. Until you are released, remain at whatever assembly point authorities designate.
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