NYPD Active Shooter Recommendations and Analysis – December 2012

Timothy Riecker


This document, updated by NYPD last month in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, was brought to my attention through LLIS.  It’s also posted on the NYPD’s website here.  This document is a good compilation of practitioner research; official recommendations suitable for schools, businesses, and public buildings; and reflects on the ‘Run, Hide, Fight’ recommendations we’ve seen (NYPD’s version is a little more of a mouth-full – Evacuate, Hide, Take Action).  I like that they provide some information relative to attackers including gender, age, number of attackers (98% of active shooter incidents are carried out by a single attacker), planning tactics, targets, number of casualties, location of attack, weapons used, attack resolution, and other statistics – with this data provided for over 300 case studies (all included in the document).

The real value of this document is that the information which is provided to the reader allows for better informed (instead of emotional or ‘trendy’) decisions on facility security and planning relative to active shooter scenarios.

Thanks to the fine folks at NYPD for doing this work and sharing it with the public safety community.

Active Shooter Video – Run, Hide, Fight

Timothy RieckerAlabama Homeland Security, at the request of the Governor, modified the City of Houston’s Run, Hide, Fight video in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting.  Despite a few comments I’ve seen around the internet about the video being ‘sensationalized’, I think it’s a very well done video hitting emotions as best as possible through an instructional video.

It appears that the concept of ‘Run, Hide, Fight’ is the best approach we have against these types of horrific incidents.  It makes sense.

See the video here.


– Tim Riecker