VPG Collaborates with the UTSA Police Department to Produce an Active Shooter Training Video

July 31, 2017

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In spring 2017, the Office of Information Technology’s (OIT’s) Video Production Group (VPG) collaborated with UTSA’s Police Department to produce a new “Active Shooter” training video to demonstrate how to respond in an active shooter situation.

UTSA takes safety seriously and provides online material to ensure that students, faculty, and staff all have the proper knowledge of what actions to take in an emergency situation. Once completed, the video will be part of the safety resources for OIT.

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Throughout summer 2017, VPG has been filming a new “Active Shooter” video on campus. The short film takes place on the main campus in the Business Building to help make the compliance training more relevant and relatable to the UTSA community. The video is being created by members of the UTSA Police Department, the San Antonio Community and the following VPG staff:

  • Video Production Manager Gerard Bustos (Producer and Director of video )
  • Senior Producer James Borrego (Director of Photography)
  • Video Producer Jose Carrillo (Go Pro Camera Operator)
  • Video Producer Stephen Matthews (Steady Cam Video Photographer)
  • Director of Video Technology Ernest Hernandez III (Assistant Producer)

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UTSA Officer Shawn Smith wrote the script for the film. Bustos produced the narration of this video in the VPG studio with UTSA Officer Paul English. The film depicts a typical day at UTSA from the perspective of faculty, staff, and students. Throughout the video, the audience is introduced to the following three key principles for survival:

  1. Avoid: If possible, leave the area immediately and call 911.
  2. Deny: If possible, lock the entrance to your location, remain quiet and call 911.
  3. Defend: As a last resort, prepare to defend yourself.

Bustos said, “I’m pleased with how VPG worked together and committed to this project as a team. The cooperation from the UTSA police department was incredible, and everyone who participated gave 100%.”

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The “Active Shooter” video will be beneficial to the UTSA community as it helps maximize its chance of survival during a dangerous event. It is important that, in the case of an emergency, all users take responsibility for their safety and have the proper mindset for survival. The training video is expected to be complete in fall 2017 and students, faculty and staff will have access to the training through ASAP and the UTSA Police department website.