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FBI Jurisdiction in Active Shooter Incidents

FBI Jurisdiction in Active Shooter Incidents

Shortly after the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012, the FBI sought way its personnel could better assist its law enforcement partners. Two actions enhanced these efforts.

First, the Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act of 2012, signed into law by the President in January 2013, permits the U.S. attorney general—at the request of appropriate state or local law enforcement personnel—to provide federal assistance during active shooter incidents and mass killings (defined by the law as three or more people) in public places. The attorney general delegated this responsibility to the FBI.

Second, working with other cabinet agencies, the FBI is finding ways to help prevent and respond to active shooters. A White House working group—consisting of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Homeland Security, Department of Education, and Department of Health and Human Services—is part of a broader initiative, Now is the Time, undertaken after the Sandy Hook shootings. DOJ, led by the FBI, was specifically tasked with training law enforcement and other first responders to ensure that protocols for responding to active shooter situations are consistent across the country. More on that training.

07.09.10

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For the Public: Responding to an Active Shooter Crisis Situation
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This video, recently produced by the Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security, dramatizes an active shooter incident in the workplace. Its purpose is to educate the public on how to respond during such an incident. Warning: The initial sequence in this video may be disturbing.

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For Law Enforcement
L.E.E.P. SealThe FBI’s Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal (LEEP) is an important element in the effort to provide access to tools and resources for law enforcement, intelligence, and criminal justice communities by using single sign-on technology. A primary LEEP component—the Law Enforcement Online (LEO) website—offers a variety of active shooter materials for law enforcement agencies and other first responders to help ensure preparedness for these types of events, including crisis resources, law enforcement training, assistance on dealing with victims, and a directory of FBI field offices.