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Law enforcement offers run, hide, fight training

Posted at 11:23 PM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-28 23:23:15-05

Campus officials at Ohio State are getting credit for their fast action. The university, texted and tweeted this message "Buckeye Alert: active shooter on campus run hide fight."

This after a student ran a car into a group of people and then started attacking people with a butcher knife. 

Run, hide, fight is the policy that Homeland Security has been recommending for active shooters for years. They even came out with a video, explaining the process.

The action plan is the same, even when it's not necessarily someone shooting a gun, according to Steve MacMartin of Medaille College.

In the case, whether or not it was an active shooter, the response is kind of the same, run, hide, fight, said MacMartin.

For universities like Ohio State, it's something that's taught to students. But, not everyone knows about run, hide, fight, and people like Lt. Aaron Schultz are trying to change that.

If you're caught in a situation with an active shooter, first and foremost, we want you to run. If you cannot safely run away, we want you to hide, shelter in place. And then, if you are really caught in a pickle where you cannot get out of it, as a last resort, we want you to fight, explained Lt. Schultz of the Niagara County Sheriffs Office. 

Schools prepare for situations like these, but experts say more people need to.

I see the weaknesses being private organizations and businesses and workplaces that don't have this type of training, added MacMartin.

Police departments and sheriff's offices will often come to a business or anywhere for additional training. Both the Niagara and Erie County Sheriffs Offices will provide this training.