The Trinity Valley Community College Police Department personnel are trained to respond to an active shooting incident by entering the building or facility as soon as possible, and proceeding toward the threat or shooter(s). They will move quickly and directly toward the threat. Early on in an incident, the police may not be able to rescue individuals because their main goal is to stop or neutralize the threat. Individuals need to try to remain calm and patient during this highly stressful time, so as not to interfere with the police operations. Individuals need to follow the responding officer’s orders exactly as they are told. Normally, rescue teams are formed shortly after the first responding officers enter the building. They will be the officers who will search for injured individuals and get everyone safely out of the building. Please follow the orders of these rescue teams too, so your evacuation from the building can be accomplished in a quick and safe manner. Remember to move towards police officers with your hands up so they can see that you are unarmed.
If you witness any armed individual on campus at any time immediately contact the TVCC PD at 903-675-6235 or 911.
HOW TO RESPOND WHEN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IS IN YOUR VICINITY
Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life.
If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises. Be sure to:
•Have an escape route and plan in mind
•Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow
•Leave your belongings behind
•Help others escape, if possible
•Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be
•Keep your hands visible
•Follow the instructions of any police officers•Do not attempt to move wounded people
•Call 911 when you are safe
If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you.
Your hiding place should:
•Be out of the active shooter’s view
•Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction (i.e., an office with a closed and locked door)
•Not trap you or restrict your options for movement To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place:
•Lock the door
•Blockade the door with heavy furniture If the active shooter is nearby:
•Lock the door
•Silence your cell phone and/or pager
•Turn off any source of noise (i.e., radios, televisions)
•Hide behind large items (i.e., cabinets, desks)
If evacuation and hiding out are not possible:
•Dial 911, if possible, to alert police to the active shooter’s location
•If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen
As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:
•Acting as aggressively as possible against him/her
•Throwing items and improvising weapons
•Committing to your actions
Instructions and information will be sent through the TVCC ALERT system. Please be sure to sign up to receive alerts.