The NYC Department of Homeless Services (OHS) and the New York City Police Department (NYPD) recognizes the rare yet potential danger posed by Active Shooter incidents to our homeless population, employees and the shelter community and have developed a joint Active Shooter Procedure.
The response to an active shooter attack depends on the unique circumstances of the incident. In the event of such an attack, private security personnel should follow the instructions of the first responders from the NYPD.
Because active shooter attacks are dynamic events, the NYPD cannot put forward a single set of best-practices for private security response to such incidents. However, the NYPD has compiled a list of recommendations for building security personnel to mitigate the risks from active shooter attacks.