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University of Pittsburgh Police Department

COMMUNITY RESPONSE/ACTIVE THREAT INCIDENT

Purpose: Recommended safety measures for ongoing and immediate life-threatening incidents involving hostile suspects

CONSIDERATIONS:

  • An individual must use his/her own discretion about when he/she must engage a hostile suspect for survival.
  • Do not attempt to apprehend or interfere with the suspect except for self-protection.
  • Contact authorities as soon as it is safe to do so. Call extension 4-2121 (from on-campus phone) or 412-624-2121. Have these numbers programmed into your cell phone.
  • Report location, number of suspects, and description if possible.
  • Make the determination of whether to run, hide, or fight AND COMMIT TO IT.
  • Run: if there is an escape path, attempt to evacuate.
    • Evacuate whether others agree to or not.
    • Leave belongings behind.
    • Help others escape if possible.
    • Prevent others from entering area.
  • Hide: if evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide.
    • Lock and/or blockade the door.
    • Silence your cell phone.
    • Hide behind large objects.
    • Remain very quiet.
    • Your hiding place should be out of the suspect’s view, provide protection from shots fired in your direction, and not trap or restrict your options for movement.
  • Fight: as a last resort and only if your life is in danger.
    • Attempt to incapacitate the suspect.
    • Act with physical aggression.
    • Improvise weapons.
    • Commit to your actions.
  • When Law Enforcement Arrives:   
    • Remember that the police will act first to neutralize the threat.   
    • Remain calm and follow instructions.
    • Keep hands visible at all times.
    • Avoid pointing or yelling.
    • Know that help for the injured is on its way.

Visit the University of Pittsburgh police Web site at police.pitt.edu and watch the Run, Hide, Fight video, funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The video is available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

 

UNIVERSITY EMERGENCY
PHONE NUMBERS

University of Pittsburgh Police
EMERGENCIES 4-2121
or Noncampus Phone
412-624-2121

General Assistance 4-4040
or 412-624-4040

Office of Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education (SHARE)
412-648-7930

Student Health Service
412-383-1800

University Counseling Center
412-648-7930
(Phones answered 24 hours a day/seven days a week)

Student Conduct
412-648-7910

Environmental Health and Safety
412-624-9505

SafeRider
412-648-CALL (2255)

Panther Central
412-648-1100

PITTSBURGH EMERGENCY
PHONE NUMBERS
(OFF CAMPUS)

City of Pittsburgh
Police, Fire, Ambulance
911

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
24-hour hotline

1-866-363-7273

Center for Victims
24-hour hotline
1-866-644-2882

Pennsylvania Department
of Public Welfare
ChildLine for abuse reporting

1-800-932-0313

Re:solve Crisis Network
Mental Health Crisis Intervention

1-866-7-YOU CAN or 1-888-796-8226

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