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Active Shooter Incidents

Active Shooter Incidents

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Active Shooter Incidents

An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area, and recent active shooter incidents have underscored the need for a coordinated response by law enforcement and others to save lives.  The FBI is committed to working with its partners to protect schools, workplaces, houses of worship, transportation centers, other public gathering sites, and communities.  Although local and state law enforcement agencies are virtually always the first ones on the scene, the FBI has played a large role in supporting the response to every major incident in recent years and has much to offer in terms of capacity, expertise, specialized capabilities, training, and resources before and after an incident occurs. The successful prevention of these active shooter incidents lies with a wide range of public and private entities all working together. To that end, the FBI provides operational, behaviorally-based threat assessment and threat management services to help detect and prevent acts of targeted violence, helping  academic, mental health, business, community, law enforcement, and government entities recognize and disrupt potential active shooters  who may be on a trajectory toward violence.  The Bureau also continues its research to identify indicators that could signal potential violent intent.


In the News
Active Shooter Response by the Washington Field Office
The FBI has released a study of 160 active shooter incidents that occurred between 2000 and 2013 throughout the United States. Details

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
FBI Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal 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..