You may find yourself in the middle of a violent incident when you least expect it. Very few places are totally safe so below are a few tactics for you to consider should you find yourself in the middle of a bad situation. The most important thing is to Stay Safe!
‘Stay Safe’ principles (Run Hide Tell) give some simple actions to consider at an incident and the information that armed officers may need in the event of a firearms and weapons attack.
• Escape if you can.
• Consider the safest options.
• Is there a safe route? RUN if not HIDE.
• Can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?
• Insist others leave with you.
• Leave belongings behind.
• If you can’t RUN, HIDE.
• Find cover from gunfire.
• If you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you.
• Cover from view does not mean you are safe, bullets go through glass, brick, wood and metal.
• Find cover from gunfire e.g. substantial brickwork / heavy reinforced walls.
• Be aware of your exits.
• Try not to get trapped.
• Be quiet, silence your phone.
• Lock / barricade yourself in.
• Move away from the door.
Tell (Call only if it is safe to do so)
Call 999 – What do the police need to know?
• Location – Where are the suspects?
• Direction – Where did you last see the suspects?
• Descriptions – Describe the attacker, numbers, features, clothing, weapons etc.
• Further information – Casualties, type of injury, building information, entrances, exits, hostages etc.
• Stop other people entering the building if it is safe to do so.
Armed Police Response
• Follow officers’ instructions.
• Remain calm.
• Can you move to a safer area?
• Avoid sudden movements that may be considered a threat.
• Keep your hands in view.
• Point guns at you.
• Treat you firmly.
• Question you.
• Be unable to distinguish you from the attacker.
• Officers will evacuate you when it is safe to do so.