Active Shooter Safety Protocol

Summary

In response to recent events, administrators plan to expand policies to prepare for and respond to active shooters on university campuses. This research investigates safety protocol, communication plans, and trainings to prepare first responders and campus constituents for active shooter incidents.

Key observations from our research

1. Due to increased awareness about campus safety and interest from community members, administrators at profiled institutions are currently expanding active shooter safety protocol.

2. Active shooter safety protocol coordinates emergency responses for institutional and regional law enforcement, fire departments, and emergency medical response (EMS) teams.

3. During active shooting incidents, administrators use multiple forms of communication to update community members, including phone calls, emails, text messages, and loudspeaker systems.

4. University police departments deliver safety trainings to faculty, staff, and students on by-request basis.

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