May 29 2007
â€œThe safety guidelines are what we would expect people to follow in practice, because they reflect proper public safety procedure, but we never had anything in writing specifically related to an active-shooter situation,â€ said Bill Mercier, director of ISU public safety. â€œWe looked at the plans of several campuses from around the country and made sure our procedure is in line with the commonly accepted standards in the industry.â€
Next week, Mercierâ€™s department will be co-hosting a workshop at ISU to train police and school administrators in the region to deal with active-shooter scenarios. Mercier said a number of the departmentâ€™s officers are planning to attend the workshop.
â€œOur public safety officers have received training to deal with these situations in the past, along with the city police,â€ Mercier said, â€œand we plan even more intensive training of our public safety officers in the near future with Dr. Jason Winkle.â€
Winkle, who is coordinating and presenting at the June 5 workshop, is the former director of combatives for the United States Military Academy at West Point; and an international presenter in the areas of SWAT, leadership in high-stress/high-fear environments, counter-terrorism tactics and ethical decision-making. He is an assistant professor of physical education at ISU, and president of the International Tactical Officers Training Association.
The most important thing for untrained people, such as faculty and students, to remember during these situations is to remain calm so good decisions can be made under the intense stress, Mercier says.
â€œEveryone should have a contingency plan in their own mind about what they would do in a situation like that,â€ Mercier said. â€œBy putting our guidelines in writing and getting them out there, we hope to raise the awareness of everyone on campus, and hopefully spark some discussion and get people thinking.â€
The best-case scenario would be to prevent something before it happened, of course, and to this end, Mercier says that anyone with a suspicion that there might be a problem or an issue should call police right away.
There are still a few spots available for "Active Shooters on Campus: Critical Strategies for Law Enforcement Officers & School Administrators," so the deadline for registration has been extended to Friday, June 1, 2007. To register, call (812) 237-8479 or e-mail email@example.com. The cost is $50 and includes a continental breakfast, beverages and a snack.
To view the department of public safetyâ€™s guidelines, go to the department's Web site at www.indstate.edu/pubsafety and click on "Safety Guidelines for Armed Subjects, Active Shooter Situations."
CONTACT: Bill Mercier, director of public safety, Indiana State University, (812) 237-7829, or firstname.lastname@example.org
WRITER: Katie Spanuello, media relations assistant director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3790 or email@example.com
Indiana State Universityâ€™s department of public safety has formalized its safety guidelines in the event of an active shooter situation on campus, and has made them available to the campus and greater community. They also are co-hosting a workshop at ISU to train police and school administrators in the region to deal with active-shooter scenarios.