Active Attacker Preparedness

An Active Attacker is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.

Active attacker situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the attack and mitigate harm to victims.

Because active attacker situations are often over within minutes, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active attacker situation.

An active attacker situation can cause panic and disbelief. Knowing what to do in advance increases your chances of surviving. Your reaction matters.

If you hear shots fired or if you witness an armed person shooting or threatening people with a weapon:

Immediately choose the best way to protect your life. Very quickly, make your best determination of what is occurring and which of the options below will provide the greatest degree of security for you employing the RUN-HIDE-FIGHT protocol.

Important Information

Plan, evaluate and respond

Department of Public Safety

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4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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