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An active threat is a person (or persons) who is actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area. An active threat will many times use a firearm but can also use any weapon including knives and explosives. Please use the video resources and strategy on this page to further educate yourself on how to respond in the unlikely event you are faced with just such an emergency.

Click here to watch a video from Homeland Security

Click here to watch a video from the UW-Madison Police Department

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Recognizing signs of potential workplace violence

An active threat could be a current or former employee. Alert your human resources department if you believe an employee exhibits potentially violent behavior. Indicators of potentially violent behavior may include one or more of the following:

  • Increased use of alcohol and/or illegal drugs
  • Unexplained increase in absenteeism, and/or vague physical complaints
  • Depression/Withdrawal
  • Increased severe mood swings, and noticeably unstable or emotional responses
  • Increasingly talks of problems at home
  • Increase in unsolicited comments about violence, firearms, and other dangerous weapons and violent crimes
Active Threat: How to Respond

1. Evacuate

  • Have an escape route and plan in mind
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • Keep your hands visible

2. Hide

  • Hide in an area out of the active threat’s view
  • Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors

3. Take Action

  • As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
  • Attempt to incapacitate the active threat
  • Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active threat
When law enforcement arrives on the scene
  • Remain calm, and follow officers’ instructions
  • Immediately raise hands and spread fingers
  • Keep hands visible at all times
  • Avoid making quick movements toward officers such as attempting to hold onto them for safety
  • Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling
  • Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating, just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises
Information to provide to law enforcement or 911 operator
  • Location of the active threat
  • Number of active threats, if more than one
  • Physical description of active threat(s)
  • Number and type of weapons held by the threat(s)
  • Number of potential victims at the location
Active Threat Training

The UW-Eau Claire Police Department provides Active Threat Training to our campus community by utilizing the ALICE model of training. 

To request an ALICE training, please contact us by phone or email: 

UW-Eau Claire Police