AC Police are the first responders for Amarillo campuses and can usually respond immediately.
City Police notify AC Police after receiving 911 calls on AC property.
Hostile Intruder Inside Buildings
When a hostile intruder is actively causing death or serious injury or the threat of imminent death or serious bodily injury to any person within a building, we recommend the following course of action:
- Faculty should, if possible, immediately lock students and themselves inside the classroom. Lock all doors that can gain entry into the classroom. Barricade the doors with desks, tables, and facilitate escape out the windows, if possible. Place volunteer ambush guards on each side of the doors.
- If communication is available, call AC Police.
- Do not sound the fire alarm. A fire alarm would signal occupants to evacuate the building and place them in potential harm as they attempt to escape.
- Lock the windows and close blinds or curtains.
- Stay away from the windows.
- Turn off all lights and audio equipment.
- Keep everyone together.
- Have volunteers hide and prepare to ambush shooter.
- Keep classrooms secure until police arrive and give you directions.
- If you are not in a classroom, try to get to a classroom or an office.
- Stay out of open areas and be as quiet as possible.
- If for some reason, you are caught in an open area, such as a hallway, you must decide what you are going to do.This is a very crucial time, and it can mean life or death.
- You may try to hide. If you do, make sure it is a space not easily discovered or you may be found as the hostile intruder moves through the building.
- If you think you can safely make it out of the building by running, do so. If you decide to run, do not run in a straight line. Attempt to keep objects between you and the hostile intruder such as desks, cabinets, fixtures, etc. Once outside, do not run in a straight line. Use trees, vehicles and other objects to block you from the view of intruders. When away from the immediate area of danger, summon help any way you can and warn others.
- If you are caught in an open area in a building, you may be forced to fight back. This is dangerous, but depending on your situation, this could be your only option.
- If the hostile intruder is causing death or serious physical injury to others and you are unable to hide, you may choose to play dead if other victims are around you.
- If you are caught by the intruder and are not going to fight back, obey all commands and do not look the intruder in the eyes.
- When the police arrive, obey all commands (the officers may not know who you are).
This may involve being detained until your identity can be verified or being asked to keep your hands visible. This is done for safety reasons. Once circumstances are evaluated by the police, the police officers will give you further directions to follow.
Hostile Intruder on Campus Grounds
When a hostile person is actively causing death or serious physical injury or is threatening the imminent death or serious bodily injury to someone on AC property, we recommend the following:
First Option: Run away from the threat if you can.
- Do not run in a straight line.
- Use vehicles, bushes, trees and anything that could possibly block your view from the hostile intruder while you are running.
- If you can get away from the immediate area of danger, summon help and warn others. Immediately call AC Police and advise them of the threat to the campus.
Second Option: Hide.
- If you decide to hide, take into consideration the area in which you are hiding. Will you be found there? Is it a good spot to remain hidden?
- If the hostile intruder is causing death or serious physical injury to others and you are unable to run or hide, you may choose to play dead if other victims are around you.
Third Option: Fight Back.
- This is dangerous, but depending on your situation this could be your only option.
- If you are not going to fight back, do not look the intruder in the eyes. Obey commands if
caught by the intruder.
This information cannot cover every possible situation that might occur. Stay vigilant in observing what is taking place around you and report any suspicious behavior to AC Police and/or a TRT member.