UNM-Gallup Police Officer Kenneth Langley recently presented an Active Shooter/Campus Safety training at the annual convention of the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs. Langley’s courses are characterized by their realism and begin with a volunteer role player running into the back of the classroom waving a realistic looking fake gun to demonstrate the speed with which active shooter situations unfold.

The breakout session of the conference, which was held in Chicago last month, was the first time Langley had offered his course off the UNM-Gallup campus. He was very pleased with the large number of questions asked by the class made up mostly of community college administrators. “I don’t believe in ‘death by Power Point’, so this class is very interactive. The audience was very engaged.”

Langley utilizes the A.L.I.C.E Active Shooter Response Program which stresses Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. The model prepares individuals to handle the threat of an active shooter on their campus by teaching the skills needed to participate in one’s own survival while leading others to safety. 

Langley came to UNM-Gallup two years ago following a 22-year Navy career and 10 years with the New Mexico State Police. He welcomes any opportunity to share his knowledge of how to protect students and campuses and his belief in training and preparation. 

“The class participants were very interested in learning how to respond in an active shooter situation," Langley said. "Many times people think they have the knowledge of how to operate in a crisis, but it is best if you can practice.  In one section of the class, I explained how to create a barricade by tying up a door with a belt. The students wanted me to not only tell them but demonstrate so I took off my belt and we tied up a door.”

Langley received invitations to attend other institutions to share his teaching methods which is something he is very passionate about.  “We focus so much on teaching, but don’t prepare to protect students.  I was happy to represent UNM-Gallup and I hope I have the chance to go back.”