Active Shooter Response Training

Shots fired is the last thing you'd expect to hear on campus. While the possibility of being involved in an active shooter incident on campus may be remote, the consequences can be catastrophic. That is why it is critical to spend time in advance to prepare yourself. The University Of Kentucky Police Department have specialized instructors that prepare students, faculty, and staff to have a survival mindset for such an incident. They further train the community in how law enforcement will respond to an active shooting situation and describe the concerning pre-incident behaviors of potential active shooters. 

Survival Mindset: Studies of workplace and school shootings, we know that many of these incidences are often over in a very short period of time-ten to fifteen minutes. Often, you will be the first line of defense in dealing with these particular issues. A study conducted in 2014 by the Federal Bureau of Investigations on active shooter incidents in the United States between 2000 and 2013 revealed that, “even when law enforcement was present or able to respond within minutes, civilians often had to make life and death decisions, and therefore, should be engaged in training and discussions on decisions they may face.”


What is a protective shield

Describe "hide out"

Describe "figure out"

Describe "keep out"

Describe "get out"

Describe "spread out"
Describe "call out"

Describe "take out"




Law Enforcement Response: Your survival may depend on your ability to distinguish between an active shooter and hostage-taker. The actions you take when faced with an active shooter will significantly differ from those actions taken that will increase your survivability in a hostage situation. Responding Law Enforcement officers' intent will be to identify and neutralize the threat. What must you do to distinguish yourself from the armed offender?

We will teach you in the Law Enforcement Response portion the following:

  • The reaction of law enforcement responders
  • What information the responding law enforcement responders need
  • The distinctions between an active shooter and a hostage-taker
  • Describe pre-incident behaviors of concern
  • Describe preventive measures to avert violence

If your department or organization would like a presentation, please contact Community Services.