Active Shooter

An Active Shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.

Prepare for the unthinkable.

Because active shooter situations are often over before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be ready to respond to an active shooter situation.

The UM Police Department is dedicated to the safety of everyone at the University of Montana and the Missoula College. Officers cannot be everywhere, so we rely on you, our community, to be our eyes and ears.

Trust your instincts and report anything that does not seem right. Here we provide some resources to help keep you safe.

Develop a Survival Mindset

Awareness and Preparation:

Information Sessions on Active Shooter Response

In response to recent concerns regarding Active Shooter Response, the University of Montana will host information sessions to address questions and concerns, provide resources, and share information.

Discussion forums will take place in the UC Theatre:

  • Thursday, November 19 from 9 to 10 am
  • Thursday, December 3 from 9 to 10 am
  • Friday, December 4 from 3 to 4 pm

ACTIVE RESISTANCE Story from Sentinel High School

After the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in 2012, Missoula County Public School District implemented active resistance training for all teachers and school administrators as part of a new initiative to prioritize school safety and emergency preparedness. PBS published a documentary produced by students from Sentinel High School in Missoula.