First Responders and Security Professionals

The Department of Homeland Security provides products, tools, and resources to help first responders and law enforcement prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident.


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Active Shooter Resources for Law Enforcement and Trainers

  • Progress Report on the President’s Executive Actions to Help Reduce Gun Violence: The Obama Administration released a progress report detailing the completion of our significant progress on 21 of the 23 executive actions President Obama laid out in January to help reduce gun violence, including fact sheets and guides to help develop high-quality emergency operations plans for K-12 schools, institutions of higher education and houses of worship.
  • Primer to Design Safe School Projects in Case of Terrorist Attacks and School Shootings: The purpose of this primer is to provide the design community and school administrators with the basic principles and techniques to make a school safe from terrorist attacks and school shootings and at the same time ensure it is functional and aesthetically pleasing, and meets the needs of the students, staff, administration, and general public.
  • The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and Active Shooter Web Portal: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), has launched a Countering Violent Extremism and Active Shooter (CVE-AS) Web Portal on the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN). The purpose is to provide videos and training resources, as well as a document library with information and resources, covering numerous CVE and AS topics. It provides a forum for the exchange of Unclassified FOUO, SBU, and LES information to sworn, full-time, law enforcement officers (federal, state, or local); federal employees affiliated with the criminal justice system or intelligence communities; military personnel; and government agencies associated with infrastructure protection of the United States. The CVE-AS Web Portal also shares Unclassified FOUO or SBU information with private sector partners, civilian security personnel, corporate executives, educational institutions/academia, international partners, community leaders, and other state and local partners, as appropriate. In addition, the portal includes information on outreach initiatives and subject matter experts; and forums to provide feedback, share products, and ask questions.
  • Planning and Response to an Active Shooter: An Interagency Security Committee Policy and Best Practices Guide: This document outlines new policy requirements for all nonmilitary federal facilities within in the Executive Branch of the government and provides guidance for all who might be involved, including law enforcement agencies, facility tenants, and the public.
  • Making Prevention a Reality: Identifying, Assessing, and Managing the Threat of Targeted Attacks: This report, a practical guide on assessing and managing the threat of targeted violence, contains concrete strategies to help communities prevent attacks like mass shootings and other targeted attacks.
  • Don't be a Puppet: Pull Back the Curtain of Violent Extremism: This FBI interactive website leads viewers through a series of games and tips in order to teach what methods a radical group might use to recruit them.
  • The following two studies conducted by the FBI are intended to provide a baseline to guide federal, state, tribal, and campus law enforcement along with other first responders, corporations, educators, and the general public to a better understanding of active shooter incidents and not intended to explore all facets of active shooter incidents.

Active Shooter Training Provided by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC)

Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) provides in-depth training for credentialed law enforcement professionals regarding response to mass consequence events – such as criminal acts, terrorist attacks, other large-scale emergencies -- and tactical medical skills for responding officers. All FLETC courses can be found in the FLETC Online Course Catalog.

FLETC’s State, Local and Tribal Division can assist law professionals with their training requests regarding this and other training opportunities.

DHS Science and Technology's First Responders Group

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate's First Responders Group (FRG) pursues a better understanding of the response community's needs and requirements, provides technical assistance, and develops innovations to the most pressing challenges faced during day-to-day and large-scale emergencies.

Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) is a virtual training platform, available now to all response agencies nationwide. Built on the Unreal Engine, it allows responders of all disciplines to assume discipline-based avatars and simultaneously role-play complex response scenarios. Scenarios incorporate law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, dispatch, and unified commands together to combat an active shooter.

The new EDGE school environment enables users to plan for the worst—say, an active shooter or a student threatening self-harm—or everyday incidents like parental disputes or medical emergencies.  

First Aid for Severe Trauma (FASTTM) training program is available to organizations and individuals seeking education on handling a life-threatening bleeding emergency. FAST is a STOP THE BLEED® course funded with grant support from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and developed by the Uniformed Services University’s National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health in collaboration with the American Red Cross. By adapting first aid techniques from combat for use by civilians, FAST empowers high school students with the skills and knowledge necessary to save the life of someone experiencing life-threatening bleeding. This education program is an integral part of S&T’s overall mission to help the nation prepare for and respond effectively to emergencies.

Conducting Security Assessments: A Guide for Schools and Houses of Worship Webinar

This Webinar will help participants learn the importance of conducting a security assessment of their facility, how to find the right support in conducting that assessment, applicable security measures, and how to create a security culture that engages and involves all the members of their respective academic or faith community.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Active Shooter Resources

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Active Shooter Resources webpage has additional resources for human resources and security professionals that address active shooter scenarios across a broad spectrum of facilities and circumstances, including a variety of training resources, reports, and a guide that explains how to incorporate active shooter planning into an emergency operations plan for healthcare facilities.

Contact Information

To get more information on the active shooter preparedness program, please send an email to

In case of an emergency, or to report suspicious activity or events, call 9-1-1 or contact your local law enforcement.

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