Before the Shots: Preparing for an Active Killer Incident

Active Killer incidents have evolved beyond active shooter to include many more threats including knives, vehicles, fires, explosives and more.  Where past training has focused on single hazard incidents, the transition to training for multi-hazard requires an expanded approach. This Action Plan prepares you and your responders to train for and handle complex, multi-hazard incidents.   You will learn to:


·         Understand Primary  and Secondary Hazards related to active killer situations

·         How to Effectively Teach About Hazards 

·         Realities Regarding Hazards

·         Integrate active killer incidents into All-Hazard Emergency Plans

·         Prepare staff to respond to active killer incidents

·         Put into place an exercise and evaluation system to test and improve the plan

·         Prepare the Community, Staff, Students and Responders

·         How to work a Training Plan

·         What to Do After the Killing Stops

·         Identify Recovery Needs



Active Killer Primary & Secondary Hazards

After the Killing Stops – 7 Point Checklist 


BONUS CONTENT – Hear Chief Lopez’ address campus safety professional questions:

1.       The responsibility of the management team during an active killer threat

2.       Keeping track of everyone during an emergency situation

3.       Getting teachers to be responsive to training

4.       Using social media during and after an incident

5.       How to get students of all ages engaged with emergency training and protocols

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​Stephen Lopez

Chief of Police

New Mexico State University Police Department

Lopez has been in campus law enforcement for 27 years, and is currently the Chief of Police for the New Mexico State University system. He has also been adjunct faculty for 14 years teaching courses in criminal investigations and public health, and holds numerous law enforcement instructor certifications. He has bachelor degrees in criminal justice and psychology, and a masters in strategic planning for critical infrastructures. He has taught at regional and national conferences and workshops in areas including integrating training in use of force, active shooter response, and select fire weapons for patrol. He is a regular facilitator and evaluator in tabletop, functional, and full scale exercises.

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