Active Shooter/Threat Resources
From a preparedness mindset, the UTA Police Department strives to educate our community in a wide range of issues that have the potential to affect our campus, including active shooter/threat and workplace violence incidents. The resources below provide information on response considerations and intervention awareness should someone encounter this type of situation on or off campus.
Collectively, we can help limit the effects of an active shooter/threat incident through our response. The resources below will help you understand the options that can be advantageous in these difficult situations.
Research has shown that individuals that carry out these incidents follow a predictable pattern of behavior known as the "Pathway to Violence." The information below will provide guidance on "behaviors of concern" that can help identify if someone is progressing towards a violent act. By spotting these behaviors and taking action, we can have an opportunity to prevent these incidents from occuring in the first place.
The videos below provide valuable direction into response options, behaviors of concern, and other related issues.
ACTIVE SHOOTER/THREAT PRESENTATION
This video is the latest active shooter presentation that we provide to our community. In it we discuss the behaviors of concern to watch for, response tactics if an active shooter incident occurs, and emergency communications protocols.
ACTIVE SHOOTER EXERCISE VIDEO
This video is a compilation of our work in July 2017 during a large scale active shooter exercise at the College Park Center. We worked with a wide array of our internal and external partners to test our response to an active shooter incident on the UTA campus.
SURVIVING AN ACTIVE SHOOTER EVENT
This video provided by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training program provides valuable information on members of the community can respond to active shooter incidents using the Avoid, Deny, Defend philosophy.
RUN HIDE FIGHT VIDEO
This video produced by the City of Houston outlines the Run, Hide, Fight philosphy for responding to an active shooter incident.
The information below is provided to give insight into relevant research into active shooter/threat incidents and related topics.
Shelter-in-Place: If you are in a building, stay in the building. If you are not in a building, get to one quickly.
For environmental incidents (chemical, biological, or radiological) event:
Take action for the incident - select a small, interior room, with no or few windows, and take refuge there. Close all doors, windows, and other inlets from the outside. Shut down the air intake or HVAC system if possible. Monitor emergency communications.
For weather incidents:
Go to the lowest level of the building if possible. Stay away from windows and doors. Go to interior hallways and rooms. Use your arms to protect you head and neck in a “drop and tuck" position. Monitor emergency communications.
Lockdown: The directive “Lockdown” is used to protect occupants in proximity of an immediate threat by limiting access to buildings and rooms. If no specific locations are given, all buildings should initiate lockdown procedures.
If you are outside a building in lockdown:
- DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING. Move as far away as possible from the building under lockdown.
- Await further instructions from law enforcement.
- Check the university’s website and university social media sites for updates and further information as it becomes available.
- DO NOT CALL THE LOCATION THAT IS IN LOCKDOWN. Phone calls to anyone inside the building that is in lockdown may endanger them.
- DO NOT LEAVE YOUR SAFE AREA until law enforcement has opened the door.
If the threat is outside your building:
- If the exterior doors are not electronic and it is safe to reach them, lock them.
- Close and lock interior doors if possible. Barricade the doors.
If the threat is inside your building:
- RUN: Get OUT OF THE FACILITY if possible. Use mobile devices to call emergency personnel (911 or 817-272-3003) and provide relevant information. High mobile phone volume may interfere with emergency communications and should be limited to contact only emergency personnel.
- HIDE: Seek shelter in the nearest secured place, e.g., classroom or office. Turn off lights and any devices that may indicate that the room is occupied. If you are on the first floor, close any window blinds or curtains. Stay away from doors and keep out of line of sight. Sit or lie on the floor or crouch behind or under desks. Be as invisible as possible. BE QUIET. DO NOT respond to anyone at the door while in lockdown mode. When it is safe, law enforcement will announce themselves and release anyone in the room. If the fire alarm is activated during a lockdown, wait for direction from the building public announcement system or from the police before evacuating. If there is smoke or fire present, you may need to evacuate.
- FIGHT: Your last resort. Use anything to distract or disable the suspect.