The University Police Department continuously focuses on education, prevention and mitigation efforts in the event of an active shooter incident on campus.
Active Shooter Response
Education: The University Police Department and Community Standards collaborate together on programs to offer to students, faculty and staff. These programs focus on prevention techniques such as what we should be all looking for and who we should tell if we something of concern. If interested in setting up a program, please contact the University Police Department at [email protected] or Community Standards at [email protected].
Prevention: Student CARE Services brings together staff from across the University at Albany to evaluate reports of actions taken by visitors or community members that have raised concern. The group draws upon the expertise of staff from the Provost's Office, Human Resources, Community Standards, the University Counseling Center, the University Police Department and others as appropriate.
The team is focused on identifying and addressing issues before violence occurs. All members of the community are encouraged to contact Student CARE Services with any concerns and complete the Public CARE Report Form.
In an emergency situation, immediately contact the University Police Department at 911 or 518-442-3131 and via an Emergency Phone on campus.
Mitigation: The University Police Department is continuously developing our capability to respond in the event of an active shooter on campus. We developed the first NYS Division of Criminal Justice certified training course in active shooter response. Our police officers have patrol rifles and tactical body armor available to them in their patrol vehicles. Our officers regularly attend training on active shooter response on our campus, in our buildings, and with officers from surrounding state and local departments to support a more coordinated and cooperative response should we experience an active shooter on our campus.
Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE)
The University Police Department has certified instructors to teach the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) program to the community in the event of an active shooter on campus.
CRASE teaches students, faculty and staff to learn the following:
- "Run, Hide, Fight" steps to take in an active shooter situation
- Situational Awareness – the ability to identify, process and comprehend information to survive in an emergency
- Mental scripting (the process of identifying and considering potentially dangerous scenarios, and working through the best response to them) and how it relates to a crisis
- Looking for warning signs of potentially aggressive behavior
- What to expect when police, EMS and other first responders arrive
- How you can help police and other first responders
To arrange a session, email [email protected] referencing CRASE training. The University Police Department will reach out to set up the training session.
"Run, Hide, Fight" Video
480 Seconds Video
Active Shooter: How to Respond
Recognizing, Responding and Reporting Resource Guide