Active Shooter

What is an Active Shooter?

An “active shooter” is an individual who is engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.

  • Victims are selected at random
  • Event is unpredictable and evolves quickly
  • Knowing what to do can save lives


When an active shooter is in your vicinity, you must be pre-pared both mentally and physically to deal with the situation.
You have three options:

  • RUN
    • Have an escape route and plan in mind
    • Leave your belongings behind
    • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow
    • Help others escape, if possible
    • Do not attempt to move the wounded
    • Prevent other from entering an area where that active shooter may be
    • Keep your hands visible
    • Call 911 when you are safe
  • HIDE
    • Hide in an area out of the shooters view
    • Lock door or block entry to your hiding place
    • Silence you cell phone (including vibrate mode) and remain quite
    • Fight as a last resort and only when you life is in imminent danger.
    • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
    • Act with as much physical aggression as possible
    • Commit to your actions...your life depends on it.

When law enforcement arrives:

  • Remain calm and follow instructions
  • Drop the items in your hands (e.g., bags)
  • Raise your hands and spread your fingers
  • Keep hands visible at all times
  • Avoid quick movements toward officers,
    • Such as holding on to them for safety
  • Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling
  • Do not ask questions when evacuating

Information to provide to 911 operators:

  • Location of active shooter
  • Number of shooters
  • Physical description of shooter(s)
  • Number and type of weapons shooter has
  • Number of potential victims at location


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Cibola County Law Enforcement:
Cibola County Sheriff Office(505) 876-2040
Acoma Pueblo Police Department(505) 552-6601
Grants Police Department(505) 287-5144
Laguna Pueblo Police Department(505) 552-6685
Milan Police Department(505) 287-4491
Pine Hill – Ramah Navajo Police Department(505) 775-3226
New Mexico State Police(505) 287-4377

Sandoval County Law Enforcement: 
Sandoval County Sheriff Office(505) 867-7526
Bernalillo Police Department(505) 867-2304
Cochiti Pueblo Police Department(505) 465-3136
Corrales Police Department(505) 898-7585
Cuba Police Department(505) 289-9157
Jemez Pueblo Police Department(575) 834-0468
Jemez Springs Police Department(575) 829-3345
Kewa Pueblo - B.I.A. Police
(505) 346-2868/2869
Rio Rancho Police Department(505) 891-5900
Sandia Pueblo Police Department(505) 890-1428
San Felipe Pueblo – B.I.A. Police
(505) 346-2868/2869
Santa Ana Pueblo Police Department(505) 891-7226
San Ysidro Police Department(575) 834-7581
New Mexico State Police(505) 841-9256



Valencia County Law Enforcement: 
Valencia County Sheriff Department(505) 865-9603
Belen Police Department(505) 864-6288
Bosque Farms Police Department(505) 869-2358
Isleta Pueblo Police Department(505) 869-6511
Los Lunas Police Department(505) 865-9130
New Mexico State Police(505) 841-9256


New Mexico State Law Enforcement: 
New Mexico State Police(505) 827-9300