Active Shooter Awareness

With the ever changing world we live in, law enforcement response must constantly be changing with it. The Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office understands the importance of training our personnel to be able to respond to emergency situations. On a regular basis, personnel with the Sheriff's Office conducts in-house active shooter trainings at various locations.  This ensures that all of our staff are utilizing the most up to date tactics to respond to an active shooter situation.


Our office works hand in hand with area schools and their administration to develop response plans. We encourage area schools and businesses to visit the Department of Homeland Security website. This is a great resource for finding information regarding active shooter and workplace violence situations as well as how to prepare for them.


The Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind you that the best course of action regarding an Active Shooter situation is to be prepared and have a response plan in place. The following information and videos serve as an excellent reference and training tools to share with family, friends, and co-workers. 

Workplace Training

In an effort to help local businesses prepare for an active shooter event, we provide employee safety and workplace violence training, teaching staff how to deal with active shooters or violent people and situations.  If you have an interest in having our agency provide this valuable training to your staff, please contact Lieutenant Chris Barsheff at or 231-995-5044.

Business Preparedness Resources

This section will be useful if you own or manage a business and are looking for resources to develop an action plan which will help you prepare your business and employees for an active shooter event. for Business Business Continuity Plan
SBA Prepare My Business program
Business Emergency Plan.PDF (Sample)
Active Shooter Planning for Healthcare Setting.PDF
House of Worship Emergency Operations Plan Development Guide.PDF
An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and other populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.  Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly.