University of Cincinnati Police Department hosts active shooter drill in student dorm

CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati armed students with the tools they need, if they face the unthinkable - an active shooter on campus.

The campus police department said they wanted to simulate an active shooter scenario, because student preparedness could be the difference between life and death. Responders said they've conducted similar drills over the last 10 years, but their most recent workshop was one of the first in a residence hall.
Jeff Cocoran, the campus interim police chief, said they conduct training periodically for the department's 56 officers. 
"Part of the issue is the awareness to the campus community, so that they know what to expect, should a situation like this occur," he said. "Some of it is just practice to see how well your plans work."
Cocoran added that some drills seem alright on paper, but may play out differently in the middle of a crisis.
The university describes an "active shooter" as an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined or populated area, in the public safety section of its website. The site also states the shooter doesn't have a pattern or method to select their victims, in most cases.
The college provided several tips on how to respond when a shooter is nearby: evacuate, hide out, if escaping is not possible, and take action against the shooter as a last resort. The participants learned first-hand in the workshop each moment matters.
"We have a bad guy in the residence hall who's shooting at people. We'll have the officers respond to the situation," Cocoran said.
He also said the university will conduct similar drills on their Blue Ash and Clermont campuses within the month.
Tips from the University of Cincinnati:
1.     Evacuate - if there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises.
2.     Hide Out - if evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you.
3.     Take Action Against The Active Shooter - as a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter


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