Feb. 16, 2018
DCCCD Community- As we reflect upon and are saddened by the tragedy in Parkland, Florida this week, we are reminded of the need to be prepared and equipped to deal with the possibility of confronting an active shooter situation. We know and understand that grappling with the realities of situations such as these, and the possibility that they could occur virtually anywhere in our society today, is both upsetting and frightening. However, we also know that being prepared, both mentally and physically, and being ready to respond appropriately are good practices for coping with an active shooter situation.
The Parkland tragedy is evidence that the threat and reality of dealing with an active shooter both on and off our campuses is a continuing hazard for our society. With that fact in mind, the District wants to assure you that the safety and security of our students, faculty, administrators and staff, as well as the communities we serve, is our highest priority. Law enforcement professionals in the DCCCD Department of Public Safety & Security (DPSS) are dedicated to training and working to be as prepared as possible for the situations which may arise on our campuses and other District locations, including an active shooter. In addition to law enforcement, however, it is important that each of us realizes that we have an important role to play in trying to lessen, or mitigate, harm to our community.
Law enforcement professionals who have been addressing ways in which to train civilians to deal with active shooter scenarios now embrace the above approach, which addresses the options that should be considered by someone who is confronting an active shooter situation. The City of Houston Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security collaborated to produce the video “Run. Hide. Fight.® Surviving an Active Shooter Event.” You can watch the video by using the link below. DPSS and I recommend it to all of you; it will help you understand what you should and should not do in the event you are confronted by an active shooter.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC DEPICTIONS OF VIOLENT ACTS AND MAY BE DISTURBING OR UNSETTLING TO SOME VIEWERS.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mzI_5aj4Vs (English version with subtitles)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGZGrfOKmF0 (Spanish version with subtitles)Our law enforcement professionals also want to stress the importance of “See Something, Say Something®!” We all have an obligation as citizens and members of the DCCCD community to advise law enforcement and engage with others on our campuses to let them know about anything that we believe might pose a present or imminent danger. If you see something you know should not be there or observe behavior that does not seem quite right, say something!In addition, DCCCD is continuously working to be prepared and ready to address an active shooter scenario should the situation arise. In an effort to enhance our readiness and preparedness, our District has taken these steps:
Although the solution to the active shooter threat in our society is not a function, solely, of providing more police officers, the DPSS continues to assess staffing and allocation of law enforcement personnel at our campuses. We have already hired and continue to evaluate hiring additional officers, as necessary, so that we can provide safety and security on our campuses and at other locations. Regrettably, we must deal with the realities of the hazards which have become so commonplace in our society. However, by working collaboratively, we believe we can continue to make DCCCD as safe and secure as possible for all who come to us to pursue their educational goals and those who work tirelessly here to help students achieve those goals.
Lauretta HillChief of PolicePublic Safety and SecurityDallas County Community College1601 South Lamar StDallas, TX 75215Email: