Single Officer Active Shooter Response Tactics


The objective of this high-speed solo engagement tactics course is to show officers how to respond efficiently and effectively to an active shooter. This course stresses offense rather than defense. This course consists of solo tactics for movement and entry and force-on-force training utilizing either marking cartridges (such as Simmunition) or Air Soft. Officers will have an understanding of how humans process information and how to use that information to their advantage. They will learn how to properly use cover/concealment, speed, surprise, and aggressiveness to overwhelm the suspect. Officers will learn how to engage in multiple deadly force threats by themselves.

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The rationale behind creating this 16- hour course was based upon the need for patrol officers, SRO’s, and armed security to be able to quickly and effectively respond to an active shooter incident. Most, if not all agencies have a policy that states the first officer on the scene to an active shooter goes in; however, they need the proper tactics in order to do this safely and effectively. This course covers situational awareness, mental preparedness, history of active shooter events, psychological and physiological effects of a violent encounter, the evolution of law enforcement’s responses, active shooter statistics, and bleeding control in a combat setting.  The officers will participate in movement drills, room entries, building clearing, shoot/no-shoot decision-making, directed fire, officer recovery in a hot zone, directed fire, and force-on-force training.

Topics covered

awareness and mental preparedness

psychological and physiological effects of a violent encounter

history of active shooters

blood control in a combat setting

static and dynamic movements

solo room entry & building clearing

directed fire & distractions

hot zone recovery

round accountability


Cancellation Policy

The course cancellation policy requires a minimum of a 15-day prior notice from the course start date when a student will not be attending the course. The notification to not attend will be made by email through our website, and if they identify no replacement student, cancellations with less than 15-days notice will cause a department credit that can be used towards another future training event within one year from the original course date. We will charge no-shows without email notification the full course fee, even if the payment has not already been made. We offer a one-year future course credit as well for any no-show that is charged a full course fee. This policy is in effect as of June 23, 2021, and you as a representative of your agency agree to abide by this policy by registering for any course. Please contact us by email or phone if you have questions about this cancellation policy. This policy is in place because of students that register for courses and take training slots without attending training, which removes the opportunity for another officer to attend. We pay the instructors teaching these programs based on the number of officers scheduled to attend the event, and we base our travel cost including instructor pay on registration fees. This policy is considered a binding contract between BSTS LLC and the student or student agency or company.


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