Active Shooter Incident

  • Prince George's Community College
    Campus Police
    Response Guidelines
    Active Shooter Incident or Immediate Physical Threat

    The following guidelines are intended to reduce your personal risk in the unlikely event that an Active Shooter Incident should occur on campus. If you are outside a building when an event occurs, you should take immediate cover, preferably inside a building away from the incident, circumstances permitting.


    If you are in a building when an event occurs:

       When instructed to stay in place: 
        • Secure yourself and the immediate 
        • Lock and barricade doors 
        • Turn off lights 
        • Close blinds 
        • Remain quiet 
        • Silence cell phone ringers 
        • Keep yourself out of sight and find 
            adequate cover 

        When instructed to evacuate: 
        • Have an escape route and plan 
            in mind 
        • Leave promptly using the 
            nearest exit 
        •Leave your belongings behind 
        • Keep your hands visible

        As a last resort: 
        • The last option you have if caught in 
            an open area, may be to fight back 
        • Take action, and only when your life is 
            in imminent danger 
        • Attempt to incapacitate the active 
        • Act with physical aggression, yell and 
             throw items at the active shooter

    When Law Enforcement Arrives:

    • Remain calm and follow instructions
    • Remain calm and follow Officers’ instructions
    • Put down any items in your hands and immediately 
        raise hands
    • Keep hands visible at all times
    • Avoid making quick movements toward officers such as 
        attempting to hold on to them for safety
    • Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling
    • The first officers to arrive will not stop to help injured 
        persons. Expect rescue teams comprised of additional 
        officers and emergency medical personnel to follow the 
        initial officers.
    • Responding emergency teams will assist in un-securing 
        and rescuing victims who are locked down, and will treat 
        and remove any injured persons.

    What to Report:

    • Your specific location-building name and room number
    • Number of shooters
    • Physical description of shooters
    • Number and type of weapons held by shooters

    How to Report:

    • Dial 0111 or *9-911 from any Campus phone when it is
    safe to do so
    • Dial 301-546-0111 from any other phone
    • Be aware that the campus phones might be
    overwhelmed. If this happens, immediately dial *9- 911.

    These guidelines cannot cover every possible situation that might occur. Nevertheless, is a tool that can reduce the number of injuries or deaths if put in to action as soon as a situation develops. Be mindful that violent attacks can involve any type of weapon, not only a gun. The suggestions listed here would be applicable in any violent encounter.

  • Contact

    Campus Police


    (301) 546-0666

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