What defines an active shooter situation?

As it relates to law enforcement, an active shooter situation is described as one in which a shooting is in progress and typical law enforcement protocols may be affected in terms of methods used for responding to the incident. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the active aspect of the term implies both law enforcement and bystanders have the potential to affect the outcome based on their responses.

The FBI released a study in 2016-2017 stating that upon arrival at the scene, law enforcement and an active shooter exchanged gunfire in 14 active shooter situations from 2016-2017. Nearly half of the shooter involved officer deaths in this study were due to being under fire in open spaces and having little training or knowledge of how to respond or protect themselves.

new FBI study of 2016 and 2017 active shooter incidents was released. According to this two year study, there were 50 reported active shooter incidents throughout the time period. Of the 50 incidents, more than half (26) ended with law enforcement at the scene; 14 incidents ended in both gunfire exchange with law enforcement and the shooter, while 18 others resulted in the shooter being apprehended.

The FBI’s 2016 – 2017 study that revealed that out of the 50 active shooter situations (13) ended on the shooter’s initiative with the shooter committing suicide, ceasing to shoot or fleeing the scene. (Federal Bureau of Investigation 2017) 

While these statistics are frightening and hard to comprehend, they show a strong trend toward improving the way law enforcement has been educated and better protected in responding to active shooter situations.

Protecting Law Enforcement So They Can Protect Others


Statistics show that there is a growing number of ballistic threats to law enforcement that are related to active shooter situations. In response to these threats, ADS worked with two of the most reliable manufacturers in the industry—London Bridge Trading (LBT) and Custom Armor Group (CAG)—to develop custom active shooter protection packages. These solutions provide officers affordable and light weight NIJ06 certified ballistic protection.

Active Shooter Ballistic Response Kit

We hope you never have to respond to an active shooter situation. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared for one. Our Active Shooter Ballistic Response Kits are designed to provide you with the utility and protection you need to effectively respond to an active shooter situation without breaking the bank or dealing with long lead-times.

Starting at just $295, each kit comes with your choice of a black Standard or Advanced Plate Carrier Vest from LBT, a set of Level III or Level IV rated ballistic armor plates from CAG, and a matching POLICE hook and loop patch.

ADS, Inc. | LBT Plate Carriers for Active Shooter Response

ADS, Inc. | CAG NIJ06 Ballistic Plates for Active Shooter Response

LBT Standard Response Carrier w/ CAG Level III, POLICE Patch (set of 2) ADS-AS-STAN-III
LBT Standard Response Carrier w/ CAG Level IV, POLICE Patch (set of 2)ADS-AS-STAN-IV
LBT Advanced Response Carrier w/ CAG Level III, POLICE Patch (set of 2)ADS-AS-ADV-III
LBT Advanced Response Carrier w/ CAG Level IV, POLICE Patch (set of 2)ADS-AS-ADV-IV
Standard Plate CarrierAdvanced Plate Carrier
Top loading plate pocketLow profile adjustable shoulder pad design
Slick carrier with elastic sidesMolle Carrier (Front & Back)
Made of Cordura NylonMade of Cordura Nylon
Front & Back Loop for identification tagsFront & Back Loop for identification tags
Adjustable shoulder strapsQuick release side buckles
Guardian AR500 Level III (Steel)4S17 Level IV
Dimensions: 10” x 12”Dimensions: 10” x 12”
Weight: 7.3lbs | Thickness: 0.35”Weight: 7.2lbs | Thickness: 0.95”
Cut: Shooters (default) *Also available in Single Curve & Full Cut by request.Cut: Shooters (default) *Also available in Single Curve & Full Cut by request.
NIJ06 Certified NIJ06 Certified
5-Year Limited Warranty5-Year Limited Warranty

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