Training Our Officers

Targeted Violence/Active Threat

Training Our Officers

Upon responding to targeted violence incidents, officers are required to act immediately and, many times, enter active threat situations without proper back-up or protective gear. Training before such incidents occur is vital to the safety and well-being of both our officers and the communities they protect.

Training should occur on a continuous basis and include participation across municipalities and public safety entities, to include victim advocates, emergency personnel, health care facilities, special units, state/federal authorities, and media. These trainings should clearly identify roles and responsibilities, ensure effective communication, and build upon organizational capacity.




The Coming Storm


This film serves as a training tool for law enforcement and public safety, taking the viewer through an active shooter situation and sharing experiences and lessons learned from law enforcement executives who have lived through such events.

OVC Partnerships and Planning Checklist 


Use the Partnerships and Planning Checklist to develop a comprehensive victim assistance plan, which can be incorporated into your community’s existing emergency response plan. A victim assistance plan supports and enhances the immediate response and recovery efforts.

Individual Officer Trauma Kits Application Note


This document presents information on individual officer trauma kits and their application in response to active shooter incidents.

Hybrid Targeted Violence: Challenging Conventional “Active Shooter” Response Strategies

Homeland Security Affairs (journal), Tracy L. Frazzano and G. Matthew Snyder

This article introduces the Hybrid Targeted Violence (HTV) concept to challenge first responders to prepare for violent “hybrid” multi-threat incidents. These incidents may involve conventional weapons, the use of fire as a weapon, chemical weapons, and/or improvised explosives.

Implementation and Evaluation of a First-Responder Bleeding-Control Training Program in a Rural Police Department

Journal of Special Operations Medicine, James R. Reed, Margaret J. Carman, Frank J. Titch, and Russ S. Kotwal

This article examines a first-responder bleeding-control program in a rural police department, specifically examining the use of limb-tourniquets for bleeding control and officers’ associated competence and confidence levels during and after a simulation exercise

The Hartford Consensus III: Implementation of Bleeding Control

American College of Surgeons, Lenworth M. Jacobs Jr. and Joint Committee to Create a National Policy to Enhance Survivability from Intentional Mass Casualty Shooting Events

The Joint Committee to Create a National Policy to Enhance Survivability from Intentional Mass Casualty Shooting Events developed the following call to action at its April 14 meeting in Hartford, CT. This committee meeting, chaired by American College of Surgeons (ACS) Regent Lenworth M. Jacobs Jr. focused on implementation of strategies for effective hemorrhage control. 


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