Maryland State Police

Considering the tragic events that took place over the weekend, we are forgoing our Monday morning pop quiz trivia to discuss active shooter safety.

As of today, the 217th day of 2019, America has had 255 mass shootings.

Unfortunately, we don’t know when or where the next incident could take place. As a civilian, you should know what to do if you find yourself in a situation where there is an active shooter.

Although it only takes law enforcement a short time to respond, once notified of an active shooter situation, that time can seem like an eternity to the victims involved. During those few minutes having an action plan is imperative to your survival. The C.R.A.S.E program teaches Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events. The program focuses on the A.D.D. method, which is Avoid, Deny, and Defend.

Avoidance is the first and safest way to protect yourself. This is simple, know your surroundings. Know your exit points to the building or venue you are in. Move away from the source of the threat as quickly and safely as possible. The more distance there is between you and the threat the safer you will be.

Deny when you can’t avoid it. Remain out of sight and hide behind large objects if possible. Create as many barriers as you can between you and the source. Silence yourself and your phone.

If you can’t avoid or deny then be prepared to defend yourself. This is your time for survival. You have to be committed and fight with everything you have. Do not fight fair. You are fighting for your life and the right to survive and live.

This information is only a basic recap of the teachings in the C.R.A.S.E program. Take a look at the Avoid, Deny and Defend video we have attached. Maryland State Police offers this course to the public. If your agency or group is interested in hosting a C.R.A.S.E. course through MSP contact the barrack and speak with 1 Sgt West(MSP-Berlin Barracks). We want civilians to feel safe in their everyday environments and know how to react in case of danger.

About the video:

Since 2002, the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT)™ Program at Texas State University has been used to train law enforcement officers across the nation in how to rapidly respond to dangerous active threat situations.

Over the years we’ve seen response times shorten and the capabilities of law enforcement increase. As a result of increased public awareness, many citizens have asked what individuals can do to protect themselves and reduce the dangers faced during one of these events. Avoid | Deny | Defend™ has been developed as an easy to remember method for individuals to follow.

As we’ve seen that hiding and hoping isn’t a very effective strategy. For more information visit:

Avoid Deny Defend Website:

ALERRT Website:

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...