Active Shooter Training for College Campuses

An active shooter training program designed for college campuses and universities.

Recent national tragedies remind us that the risk is real. In many cases, active shooter incidents on campus can be unpredictable in nature and can evolve quickly. Taking a few steps now can help you react quickly when every second counts.

The frequency of active shooter incidents has increased in recent years, and these incidents have affected numerous places where citizens congregate, such as college campuses, elementary schools, workplaces, places of worship, shopping malls, public meetings, and movie theaters.

Active Shooter Facts and Statistics

  • 160 Active Shooter incidents occurred between 2000 and 2013.
  • Shootings occurred in 40 of 50 states and the District of Columbia.
  • The 160 incidents resulted in 1,043 casualties: 486 killed and 557 wounded, not including the shooter.
  • Approximately 66.9% percent of active shooter incidents ended before police arrived.
  • In 45 of the 160 (28.1 percent) incidents, law enforcement had to engage the shooter to end the threat. In 21 of those 45 (46.7 percent) instances, law enforcement suffered casualties with nine killed and 28 wounded.
  • Active shooter incidents occurred most frequently in areas of commerce (46 percent), followed by educational environments (24 percent), and government properties (ten percent).

Comprehensive list of Active Shooter Facts and Statistics.

Why is Campus Safety Training Needed for Universities and College Campuses?

Since active shooter situations on campus are frequently over prior to the arrival of law enforcement, educators and students must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation prior to law enforcement arrival. Unfortunately, these events highlight the need to reduce the risk of active shooter incidents on campus while improving preparedness and strengthening ongoing efforts intended to prevent future occurrences.

Why should campus and university police train for active shooter incidents?

Active shooter situations are dynamic and quickly evolve. Often, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the aggressive action of a shooter to mitigate harm to potential victims. While everyone is running away from gunshots, first responders are required to face the threat head-on.

How does Apex Officer’s Campus Safety training prepare campus police officers for active shooter situations?

In a spontaneously occurring active threat situation, survival and success depend on immediate action. Apex Officer’s active shooter campus safety simulator teaches campus police officers how to survive a combative situation when confronted and attacked by a street-wise assailant or professionally trained enemy combatant. Our technology hones muscle memory, enabling the first responder to immediately recall vital tactics under stress.

Related Active Shooter Content and Resources

Run Hide Fight -Surviving an Active Shooter Event (video)

Active Shooter Response for Students, Faculty, and Staff (web page)

How to Prepare for an Active Shooter Incident (pdf)

Active Shooter: How to Respond Educational Booklet (pdf)

Active Shooter Event Quick Reference Guide (pdf)

Active Shooter Training Simulator (course)

About the Author

Alex Oliver
Customer Success

Alex Oliver is the Customer Success Manager at Apex Officer