Avoid, Deny, Defend on active shooters

December 2, 2015


The Avoid Deny Defend (ADD) program, developed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Program at Texas State University, has been informing students how to rapidly respond to dangerous active threat situations. 


Sources of information around campus include hour-long presentations held by the police and campus security programs also informing students of how to avoid, deny, and defend themselves.


Additionally, by going the EPCC website and clicking on police department, there is a link to the official ADD video where students can find more helpful information. 


Joseph Barragan, Captain of the EPCC Police Department, has organized presentations on campus. He said the event focuses on informing people of what to do in the first three minutes of an active threat situation.


 “I want people to know what ADD means,” Captain Barragan said. “I want them to learn on how to avoid, deny, and defend themselves as for yourself.


I encourage to stay safe by always look at their surroundings. It is always good to keep another pair of eyes near for any emergency; and when the law enforcement arrives, show hands and follow the commands.” 


EPCC student Linda Lara said it is important to follow the directions of security and police during an active threat situation. 


“I make sure I am always aware of my surroundings, and I hang out with people I can feel safe with,” Lara said. “We can’t take threats as a joke. It’s our lives at stake here.” 


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