UAPD teaches 'run, hide, fight' in preparation for possible attacks

UAPD teaches 'run, hide, fight' in preparation for possible attacks

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The University of Arizona Police Department said they prepare students and faculty year round on what to do in the case of an active shooter or attack on campus.

Ohio State University sent out an alert telling people to "run, hide, fight" during an incident where a man rammed his car into a group of people and began stabbing them Monday morning.

Rene Hernandez, an officer with UAPD said they teach the same message of run, hide and fight.

Hernandez said UAPD has an average response time of about three minutes, so doing these three things could help people out until police arrive at the scene.

"Barricade the doors with a lot of heavy furniture. Close them, barricade them... move furniture. As you're doing that, we want you to have a plan on what to do in case someone does get through that barricade," Hernandez said.

He said the next thing to do is look for weapons of opportunity to use in case the attacker comes into the room.

Hernandez said UAPD and other local agencies such as the Tucson Police Department get together annually to have some kind of an active shooter training on campus.

He says they also teach students and faculty about the run, hide, fight and other safety tips such as paying attention to UAlerts and the Live Safe App that allows users to send texts, pictures, video or audio directly to UAPD dispatchers.

"We try to do that at freshmen orientation, and then what we do is we teach the faculty. Some departments have it where they have a yearly safety brief with us. Others, we solicit them on how to react to this so we reach the faculty and hopefully it disseminates from there on," Hernandez said.

Hernandez said they usually see an uptick in the number of departments or groups on campus asking UAPD for active shooter training courses after an incident like the one at Ohio State.

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