Surviving an Active Shooter Event


The AJPD regularly receives requests and concerns about knowing what to do in the event of an active shooter.

First, an "Active Shooter" is defined as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.” Implicit in this definition is that the subject’s criminal actions involve the use of firearms. This definition was created and agreed upon by the White House, U.S. Department of Justice/FBI, U.S. Department of Education, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Second, most active shooter events were over before police arrived. So if you find yourself in the rare, and unlikely event, of being involved in an active shooter situation, the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center provides a video that covers the three main options someone has: Run, Hide, Fight. 

Click here to watch AZACTIC video: Run, Hide, Fight

If you have additional questions or concerns regarding what to do in the event of an active shooter, please call the AJPD non-emergency number (480) 982-8260 and you will be directed to someone that can offer guidance.