Nationally active shooter situations do not occur often on college campuses, but we know all too well that the possibility exists and it is important to have protocols in place on how to respond. These kinds of situations are always unpredictable. They are dynamic situations that usually evolve rapidly and the response decisions are influenced by the multitude of variables present. The Wittenberg Police and Springfield Police Departments are trained and equipped to respond to an emergency incident of this nature. The police will evaluate the situation to determine the best course of action for the safety of the Wittenberg community. Springfield Police will be responsible for all tactical operations. Wittenberg University will provide available service assistance.
The immediate response of the first officers on the scene is to take aggressive action to find and stop the shooter or shooters. As they move into the affected area, rescue efforts will be delayed until the shooter is located and stopped or no longer a threat to life safety. If you are wounded or with someone who is wounded, these officers will bypass you to search for the shooter and stop the killing. Rescue teams will follow shortly to aid you and others.
The following protocol is sound and generally applicable but must be adapted to the specific situation. Bottom line, if you hear shots fired on campus or if you see or know that an armed person is shooting people, protect yourself first - move to a safe location. Please take time to view this re-enactment video of an active shooter situation. It may help you to know what to do in a similar situation.
IF THE SHOOTER IS OUTSIDE YOUR BUILDING:
IF THE SHOOTER IS INSIDE YOUR BUILDING:
If it is possible to escape the area safely and avoid danger, do so by the nearest exit or window
If you are unable to escape the building, move out of the hallway and into an office or classroom and try to lock the door
IF THE SHOOTER ENTERS YOUR OFFICE OR CLASSROOM:
There is no set procedure in this situation. If possible call 911 and talk with a police dispatcher. If you cannot speak, leave the phone line open so the police can hear what is going on.
Use common sense. If you are hiding and flight is impossible, attempts to negotiate with the suspect may be successful. Playing dead may also be a consideration.
Attempting to overcome the suspect with force is a last resort that should only be considered in the most extreme circumstances. Only you can decide if this is something you should do. Remember there may be more than one shooter.
If the shooter exits your area and you are able to escape, leave the area immediately. Do not touch anything in the area and remember to be alert for responding police officers who may mistake you as the shooter.
While escaping, as soon as you see a police officer put your hands over your head and immediately comply with the officers instructions.
WHAT TO DO IF TAKEN HOSTAGE: