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Active Shooter Preparedness Training

The UC San Diego Police Department’s Active Shooter Survival Education and Response Training (ASSERT) prepares and empowers individuals to react to a critical incident, such as an active shooter. This training raises awareness and provides valuable skills needed to respond to critical incidents before law enforcement or other first responders arrive.

Although these events are unpredictable, the concepts and techniques taught can better prepare you to react when a critical incident occurs. Training also teaches basic bleeding control techniques in conjunction with the Stop-the-Bleed national awareness campaign.


This two-part course covers these topics:

  • Part 1: Lecture and Stop-the-Bleed training
    • Defining a Critical Incident
    • A Brief History and Examination of Past Active Shooter Events
    • Examining Traditional and Trained Responses in a Crisis
    • The Importance of a Survival Mindset
    • Understanding the Human Reaction Phases
    • Situational Awareness and Pre-Planning
    • Defining and Using the Run, Hide, Fight Concept
    • Understanding Law Enforcement Response to Critical Incidents
    • Immediate Bleeding Control Techniques
  • Part 2: Site assessment (Scenario training is currently unavailable.)

Upon completion of Part 1, individuals, departments or groups can schedule Part 2 site assessment with training staff.


If you have scheduling questions or want to coordinate training, email

To enroll in a scheduled training class, visit the UC Learning Center.



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