Responding to an Active Shooter

Secure Immediate Area
  • Lock and barricade doors
  • Turn off lights
  • Close blinds
  • Block windows
  • Turn off radios and computer monitors
  • Keep occupants calm, quiet, and out of sight
  • Keep yourself out of sight and take adequate cover/protection i.e., behind concrete walls, thick desks, filing cabinets (cover may protect you from bullets).

Fire Alarm Detection Guide

Campus Safety and Security

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Amherst College Police

Amherst College Campus Police Responsibilities


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The Amherst College Police Department is initially responsible for the health and safety of the Amherst College Campus Community. They are responsible for:

Ultimate Responsibility


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Under the direction of the Amherst College President, Dean of Faculty and the Chief of Campus Operations, the Director of Environmental Health and Safety shall assume the responsibility of Emergency Director for all campus emergencies including hazardous material incidents.

Student Security/Safe R-I-D-E

Student Security/Safe R-I-D-E Student Security Assistants The Campus Police Department employs Amherst College students in various civilian capacities. Students perform clerical duties, assist with the enforcement of parking regulations, the patrolling of the campus, and the securing of college buildings. Although Student Security Assistants have no police authority, they are equipped with 2-way radios, which enable them to report instantly all incidents involving suspicious or criminal activity.

Amherst College Pool Vehicle Policy

Purpose of Pool Vehicles

Due to the limited number of pool vehicles, Amherst College is unable to provide vehicles at every request. Pool vehicles are available for the exclusive use of academic and administrative departments in order to facilitate essential College business.

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