Active Shooter Information

In light of the recent shootings that have occurred in the United States, the Los Angeles Police Department Topanga Area Community Station is providing the community with information on what to do if you are involved in an active shooter situation.  Unfortunately, this is a tragic topic that we need to discuss and to provide information to the community to reduce the number of victims and to increase the number of survivors.

The Department of Homeland Security and the City of Houston Mayor’s Office produced an outstanding video on what to do if you ever find yourself in an active shooter situation.  This is a video that should be a must for every family.  To view the video in other languages, click here.

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The Department of Homeland Security has two publications on Active Shooter – How to Respond, click here for the pocket guide and click here for a booklet. 

Information for Kindergarten through 12th Grade Schools
The Los Angeles Police Department has a FREE three-hour program for the K-12 school system called Seconds Count K-12 Active Shooter Response Training that will assist schools in preventing, preparing for and managing an active shooter event on campus.  If you are interested in having the program at your next in-service training, please email Sergeant Cathy Riggs at 31014@lapd.lacity.org.

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Seconds Count K-12 Active Shooter Response Training is a NO COST three hour training program designed to address the issues and challenges surrounding an “Active Shooter” on a school campus.  The concept was developed through the participation of the many stakeholders within the education and law enforcement communities.  The Seconds Count program  addresses the active shooter scenario from the perspectives of before, during, and after an incident.  The program incorporates material from many different sources, including the Department of Homeland Security, the United States Secret Service, and the United States Department of Education.

Most active shooter events are over in ten minutes or less, so the school’s response to such an event is critical.  Seconds count in saving lives.  The goal of the Los Angeles Police Department through the Seconds Count K-12 Active Shooter Response Training is to promote awareness of school safety issues in relation to an active shooter event and empower the school to rapidly and effectively respond to the emergency.

Our kids are depending on us.

Below are some links to provide you with further information regarding this topic.

Finalreport

The Final Report and Findings of the Safe School Initiative: Implications for the Prevention of School Attacks in the United States was published by the United States Secret Service and the United States Department of Education in 2004. The focus of the Safe School Initiative was on examining the thinking, planning, and other behaviors engaged in by students who carried out school attacks. The findings suggest that some future attacks may be preventable if schools know what questions to ask.

Threatassessment

Threat Assessment in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and to Creating Safe School Climates was published in 2004 by the United States Secret Service and the United States Department of Education. It is a companion document to The Final Report and Findings of the Safe School Initiative. Threat Assessment in Schools sets forth a process for identifying, assessing, and managing students who may pose a threat of targeted violence in schools.

NYPDreport

In 2010 and 2012, the New York Police Department conducted a study of over 200 active shooter incidents. Although the document, Active Shooter: Recommendations and Analysis for Risk Mitigation, 2012 Edition is 210 pages long, the findings are contained in only the first 11 pages of the document. The remainder of the document is a summary of all of the cases examined. A quick read and well worth the time.

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