LASD New Brochures to Prepare Students in Case of Active Shooter Emergency to be Distributed at Community Colleges

LOS ANGELES—Active shooter incidents are on the rise.  According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, nearly half of active shooter incidents happen in everyday locations, often without warning, where people work and shop.  One in four active shootings takes place at a school.  New data gathered by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s (LASD) Criminal Intelligence Bureau, indicates that 64% of threats against schools involve guns.  Most threats are made by students. However, one in five threats are made by an unknown individual.

We are adopting the same philosophy about threats against our schools as the FBI has about terrorism.  One shooting is too many.  One victim is unacceptable.  Guns are clearly the weapon of choice,” states Sheriff Jim McDonnell, “I believe the LASD and schools and community colleges in our geographic area of more than 4200 square miles, should do all we can to send a strong message to those who threaten our children.  We begin by holding people accountable for gun crimes, but also empower our communities by providing information that could save their life and the lives of others.”

Today, September 24, 2018, Sheriff McDonnell announced the official launch of the LASD “Surviving an Active Shooter” brochure which is being made available to the 70 school districts composed of 1.7 million students in Los Angeles County.  Based on the LASD’s Emmy Award winning “Active Shooter” public service video (viewed 1,381,424 times), the brochure serves as a graphic and detailed resource guide on what to do should you find yourself involved in an active shooter situation.

Sheriff McDonnell says his deputies consistently train for these scenarios, but in most cases the shooting is over before law enforcement can arrive.

The tactical survival information for the video and brochure was developed by the LASD Video Productions Unit, graphic artists with the expertise of the Department’s Tactics and Survival Unit, as well as input from the Safety and Emergency Services Manager for the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) and FBI research from the Department of Homeland Security guidelines for Active Shooter events.

The brochure “Surviving an Active Shooter. What Would You Do?” is a no-holds barred call for the public to be prepared should they face such an emergency.  The information and actions to be taken are organized in three steps: “When the shooting starts, Run. Hide. Fight.”

Five thousand brochures will be printed at the LASD Custody print shop and distributed through the LASD Community College Bureau which is contracted to serve ten LA County Community Colleges. Another five thousand brochures are being made available through our 23 LASD patrol stations, including our thirty-eight LASD School Resource Deputies who serve 18 school districts.  Thus far, 40 school districts in Los Angeles County, representing 483 elementary, middle and high schools have committed to distributing the brochures and the LASD APP information to teachers, parents and students.

Getting the “Surviving an Active Shooter” Brochures
Call: Schools and School Districts will receive brochures by contacting the LASD Community College Bureau: (323) 669-7555 or emailing Lt. Don Rubio
Visit: The public can obtain the “Surviving an Active Shooter” brochure at any local LASD patrol station.

Download: You may also download the brochure information on to your phone by getting the LASD APP on your smart phone and then clicking on the “Active Shooter Brochure” icon.

View: To view the LASD Active Shooter video, go to

Read:  Sheriff Jim McDonnell’s editorial on fighting gun violence:

We ask the public to remain vigilant and report any information about potential threats to their local law enforcement. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637).

LASD special response teams are on standby and prepared to respond to active threats anywhere in the region.

The following school districts have agreed to share information about the LASD Active Shooter Brochure and the LASD APP / Active Shooter digital version:

  1. Bellflower Unified
  2. Long Beach Unified (Lakewood High School)
  3. Paramount Unified
  4. Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District)
  5. Whittier Union High School District)
  6. Little Lake City School District)
  7. South Whittier School District)
  8. Lowell Joint School District)
  9. ABC Unified School District
  10. Palos Verdes Peninsula School District
  11. Los Angeles Unified School District
  12. El Rancho Unified School District
  13. Los Nietos School District
  14. Whittier City School District
  15. Keppel School District
  16. Wilsona School District
  17. Eastside School District
  18. Lancaster School District
  19. Antelope Valley Union High School District
  20. Westside School District
  21. Antelope Valley College
  22. Las Virgenes Unified School District
  23. Santa Monica Unified School District
  24. Palmdale School District
  25. Acton-Agua Dulce School District
  26. Newhall School District
  27. Saugus School District
  28. Castaic School District
  29. Gorman School District
  30. William S. Hart School District
  31. Sulphur Springs School District
  32. Long Beach Unified School District –1 school
  33. Compton Unified School District –
  34. Centinela Valley High School District –
  35. Lawndale Elementary School District –
  36. Lynwood School District –
  37. Compton Unified School District –
  38. Glendale Unified School District
  39. Charter Oak School District
  40. Pomona Unified School District