Honolulu Police Department trains BYU-Hawaii faculty for active shooting prevention and response

Written by: 
Leslie Owusu

During the Active Shooter Awareness Presentation given by the Honolulu Police Department on Sept. 29, faculty and staff learned how to prepare in response to shooters and how to implement the Run-Hide-Fight Plan.

Earl Morris, director for Campus Safety and Security, said, “The goal of the presentation was to provide awareness to the faculty and staff that active shooter violence is possible on-campus and in the workplace.”

The training provided information on what they can do to prevent it and how they can protect their students.

Officer Dempsey and Corporal Craig of the HPD were the presenters. Morris said, “The most important thing they said was that they are here to help and will respond. They will come as fast as possible, but we need to be self-sufficient and ready in any circumstance.

“We should be very much aware of the threats that exist. Our goal is to be prepared and to ensure the protection of the students, faculty, and staff here at BYUH,” said Morris.

Craig said, “We’re not looking for paranoia, but we’re looking to be situationally prepared. It’s natural to freeze but be mentally and physically prepared to act during such a situation.”

The HPD showed a video discussing the Run-Hide-Flight Plan produced by the Department of Homeland Security. The video can be viewed directly on the BYUH Campus Safety and Security website.

They said it is important to remain calm during an active shooter situation and follow the instructions given in the presentation.

There were about 100 people who attended. One of the attendees, Israel Kongaika, a freshman from Hawaii in computer science, said he attended the presentation because it was a requirement for his job. “It was very informative. It’s nice to now know what to do in a situation like that.”

Kongaika continued, “I feel more ready. Referring back to what I learned, especially the Run-Hide-Fight method, I know way more.  It was eye-opening to realize that even though we are a church school, it could still happen here.”

Morris said within the next couple of months, Campus Safety and Security will be holding seminars and presentations for students. “They will know what to expect and what to know about officers, law enforcement, and what to do in an active shooter situation.”

BYUH Campus Safety and Security said they want people to remember that if they see something, they should say something.

Date Published: 
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Last Edited: 
Wednesday, October 5, 2016