Active Threat Program

While much has been focused on shooting incidents, threats to your physical safety come in many forms. It is an unfortunate reality that we must even consider the possibility. Individuals may be armed with firearms, knives, or personal weapons. Other individuals may verbally threaten violence or be in mental crisis. The term "Active Threat" is used to describe the threat as immediate and ongoing. These situations evolve very rapidly and may require immediate action on your part.

Pre-planning for such an incident will be your best chance for surviving an active threat/active shooter incident. Know your escape routes, know how you will respond, and prepare yourself to actively fight the attacker as a last resort. This training cannot cover every possible situation that might occur, but it is a training tool that can reduce the number of injuries or deaths if put into action as soon as a situation develops. Time is the most important factor in the optimal management of these types of situations.

The Active Threat Program is a free 90-minute program available to students, faculty and staff by request. We encourage you to contact us to schedule a presentation for your group. You may also use our Training Request Form.

Program Dates and Description

The Active Threat Presentation is available on request. This program has been presented to thousands of students, faculty and staff. It's mandatory training for many departments on campus. Program highlights are as follows:

  • 1 1/2 hours in length
  • Defines an Active Threat
  • Watch a 20-minute video illustrating what you can do to protect yourself, and what law enforcement will do
  • Learn how you can develop a “survival mindset”
  • Gain awareness of your options should an “active threat” occur
  • Receive an on-site safety analysis of your work area by UMPD officers

If you would like to schedule an Active Threat workshop please contact Officer Brian Kellogg at


585 East Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9600
413-545-2121 non-emergency
413-545-3111 emergency or 911
413-545-3113 fax


Call 413-577-TIPS (8477) or use our Anonymous Witness Form.