Operational/Victim Assistance

Operational/Victim Assistance

Once an active shooter incident occurs, the FBI proactively assists state, local, campus, and tribal law enforcement first responders to supplement resources as needed. We can send multiple investigators to the scene, integrate into the command post, and/or mobilize and deploy to the scene evidence response teams, behavioral analysis and crisis management personnel, bomb technicians, SWAT teams, and experts in working with the news media. As appropriate, we may also establish a command post at FBI Headquarters composed of various operational and behavioral Bureau components.

Another essential part of our operational response is our victim assistance program. The FBI’s Office for Victim Assistance (OVA), established in 2001, provides a variety of support services to victims/family members, first responders, investigative teams, and other operational elements. OVA assets available to support active shooter incidents include our field office victim specialists and members of our Victim Assistance Rapid Deployment Team from around the country, who are specially trained to handle mass casualty incidents.


In the News
Active Shooter Study Cover (Angled Graphic) The FBI has released a study of 160 active shooter incidents that occurred between 2000 and 2013 throughout the United States. Details
FBI Atlanta hosts Active Shooter conference for best practices, services available.
Attorney General Holder discusses FBI Active Shooter assistance to law enforcement.
Law enforcement shares findings of the investigation into Washington Navy Yard shootings.

For the Public: Responding to an Active Shooter Crisis Situation

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.