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New active violence incident training video released by MSU Police and Public Safety

March 26, 2024
<p>A Michigan State Police car on Aug. 23, 2019 in East Lansing.  </p>

A Michigan State Police car on Aug. 23, 2019 in East Lansing.

Photo by Sylvia Jarrus | The State News

MSU Department of Police and Public Safety (MSU DPPS) released an active violence incident awareness training video March 25th. 

An email was sent out to the MSU community from Interim Vice President and Chief Safety Officer Doug Monette describing the contents of the video and instructions on how to access it. 

The training emphasized the run-hide-fight response model, what to expect from officers when responding to an active violence incident, as well as reporting concerning or threatening behavior to the MSU Care and Intervention Team.

“The MSU Department of Police and Public Safety stands committed to ensuring the safety and security of our campus. With this goal driving all we do, we are announcing that our active violence incident, or AVI, awareness training video is now complete and ready for viewing,” the email read. 

The video is ten minutes long and features Monette, MSU Police and Public Safety spokesperson Dana Whyte, MSU Chief of police Chris Rozman and MSU Police Social Worker Maria Valayil who all spoke in the video offering advice on how to approach an active violence situation as well as resources to report unusual or concerning behavior. 

“The lessons taught in this training are life lessons that will extend far beyond your time at the university,” Monette said in the video. “Our hope is that you will find these lessons helpful now and in the future.” 

The video comes as a part of an optional virtual training program that became available to students nearly a year after the Feb. 13 mass shooting on campus. The online training can be accessed on MSU’s Ability Training Platform. In-person training sessions for students, faculty and staff are also offered and can be requested through the MSU DPPS website. 

Whyte said that the benefit of the video is that unlike the virtual training program, it does not require an MSU login to access.

"We just want to make sure that it's a resource and it's available for people if they do want to watch it," she said.

The email warned that the video contains sensitive content and may be difficult to watch due to the violence the MSU community experienced last year. 

Due to the potentially triggering content of the sessions, the training programs are optional and Whyte said that the video will only be played during community engagement presentations about active violence and will not be required for students to view. However, she said that she strongly recommends watching the video in order to know your options in an active violence situation.

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