How to help the police

We have been discussing the importance of assisting the police, and what they will do when they arrive. It is important to remember that law enforcement is there to help you. They will probably be on edge and nervous. After all, they are trying to engage with someone that is trying to kill you and possibly even trying to kill these law enforcement officers.

The actions you take may help officers realize that you are not a threat, or, if you take the wrong actions, you  may waste valuable seconds and minutes when law enforcement could be chasing the active shooter rather than trying to determine if you might be the shooter. These men and women are putting their lives on the line to get you out alive. Help them by taking the right actions; actions  that reveal that you are not a threat. You should avoid:

  • Screaming or pointing at officers
  • Sudden movements
  • Touching or talking to officers
  • Getting in an officer’s line of sight
  • Getting between officer and the shooter
  • Jumping out or running in front of officers

As you can see from the video above,  these actions can put both you and the officers at risk.

This is the reason why you should:

  • Be compliant
  • If you move, do so in a slow methodical manner
  • Remain calm, and stay in place until told to leave
  • Follow all directions

Until the situation is under control, for their own safety, expect the police to:

  • Treat you as a suspect
  • Be extremely cautious until they understand the situation
  • Make you lay prone on the ground
  • May be aggressive or may push you to the ground
  • Shout orders to you, or at you

This yelling and screaming can be because their adrenaline levels are high, or they are still trying to understand the situation. In most instances police will also yell if they know shots have been fired in the general vicinity. The reason behind this is that if shots are fired, especially indoors, there could be temporary hearing loss if you were present.

Tomorrow, I will post some basic videos of the police doing their job when it comes to active shooters. Until then, … Mark