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Training for Surviving an Active Shooter





Do you know what to do if you’re involved in an active shooter situation? Getting trained is your best defense. All City and County of Denver employees can now be trained on how to defend themselves in the event an of active shooter situation through an online course developed by the Denver Police Department and the Office of Risk Management.  

Training for Surviving an Active Shooter is also available through an online course in CityU developed by the Denver Police Department and the Office of Risk Management. Once you login to CityU, you will find CCD Surviving an Active Shooter in the featured topics drop-down menu.

Format: Online

Length: 10 minutes

Audience: All Employees

Be on the Lookout

No single set of warning signs exist. Be on the lookout for red flag indicators such as:

  • Notable change in behavior or appearance
  • Displays aggressive or threatening behavior
  • Poor decision making and coping skills
  • Overreaction to changes in policies and procedures
  • Writings, comments or social media postings endorsing violence
  • Nurturing a grudge against a peer or supervisor
  • Hypersensitivity to criticism
  • Struggling with job or academic performance
  • Blaming others for problems or paranoia (“everyone is against me”)
  • Explosive outbursts of anger or rage without provocation
  • Increased use of alcohol and/or illegal drugs
  • Unexplained increase in absenteeism; vague physical complaints
  • Increase in unsolicited comments about firearms and other dangerous weapons including violent crimes
  • Empathy with individuals committing violence
  • Increasing talk of problems at home

Alert your supervisor, Human Resources and/or law enforcement.  It is better to over-react and save lives

What to do


View course online through CityU.


If a safe path is available, RUN:

  • Do not hesitate; get out
  • Leave your belongings
  • Prevent others from entering the area
  • Call 911 when you are safe


If you can't get out safely, HIDE:

  • Stay out of shooter's view and be quiet
  • Silence your phone
  • Lock/Barricade doors
  • Call 911 if it is safe to do so


As a last resort, FIGHT:

  • Fight with all-out commitment
  • Be physically aggressive
  • Use improvised weapons
  • Fight to incapacitate the shooter
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