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During the summer, Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness public safety officers received firearms simulation training from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This training presented scenarios to DPSEP officers that resulted in decision making by the officer as to whether or not the officer should use deadly force to stop the threat presented in the scenario.

DPSEP officers also received tactical training from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department's Special Weapons and Tactics Team using firearms that fire simulated ammunition. Officers were provided specific instruction regarding how to tactically engage an active shooter in order to stop the threat posed by the active shooter.

By the end of the calendar year, DPSEP public safety officers will be equipped with 9 mm double action pistols. As part of a city emergency preparedness program, the City of Houston, Texas, and the Department of Homeland Security produced a video training program describing what to do if confronted with an active shooter situation. The Houston Police Department gave permission to the St. Louis County Police to make this six minute video available to the public.

Video courtesy of the City of Houston, Texas; the Department of Homeland Security; and the St. Louis County Police.


Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Because active shooter situations are often over before the arrival of law enforcement personnel, you must be prepared to react to an active shooter situation. Your options are to evacuate, if safe to do so; hide; or, as a last resort, take action against the active shooter.

All in the SLU community are encouraged to register to receive emergency notification text messages on their cell phones from the University. Instructions on how to register with RAVE, the University's emergency notification provider, can be found online.