255: Katherine Schweit – School Shootings, Active Shooter Program

Retired agent Katherine Schweit served in the FBI for twenty years. Her first assignment was to the Milwaukee Division, where she worked national security matters. Her last assignment was as a senior executive, guiding the formation of the FBI’s active shooter initiative.

During this episode of FBI Retired case File Review, Katherine reviews three school shootings, Columbine H.S., Virginia Tech University, and Sandy Hook Elementary, which she studied extensively for the FBI’s initial research project she authored.

The report, A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013, focused both on research and operational needs. She also explains the “Run. Hide. Fight.” safety campaign.

Following her time in Milwaukee, Katherine was promoted to FBI Headquarters and assigned to the Counter Intelligence Division’s Training Center at Quantico, working at a joint FBI/CIA facility at an undisclosed location. She then joined the new National Security Branch executive staff and was promoted to unit chief in the Human Resource Division, developing a system to train and organize agents based on skill sets. She moved to the FBI’s Washington Field Office to create a media and outreach program before returning to FBI Headquarters to lead the active shooter previously mentioned.

After retiring from the Bureau, Katherine opened her own consulting business, Schweit Consulting LLC, providing consulting services to businesses, schools, and others focused on improving security policies, procedures, and training.

She is the author of Stop the Killing: How to End the Mass Shooting Crisisand the host of the Stop the Killing podcast.

A long-time adjunct faculty member at Webster University and DePaul University College of Law, she also is a topical expert for law enforcement coordination and training and deterrence with the National Center for School Safety, a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional center focused on improving school safety and preventing school violence.

Special Agent (Retired)

Katherine Schweit

1997 – 2017








“Seventy percent of shootings end in 5 minutes or less. You need to keep yourself safe for a couple of minutes. If you think about, can I run, can I hide, can I fight, you’re going to survive it.”—Retired Agent Katherine Schweit

The following are links to articles about the FBI’s active shooter program and school shootings:


FBI.gov (VIDEO) – Run. Hide. Fight.

FBI.gov (GRAPHICS) – Quick Look: 277 Active Shooter Incidents in the United States From 2000 to 2018

FBI.gov – Active Shooter Resources

Reuters – 2/6/2022: ‘Tsunami’ of woes: U.S. school shootings spike amid pandemic stress

For more information about the active shooter program and FBI’s response to mass shootings, listen to:

226: Rod Swanson – Las Vegas Mass Shooting, Recovery Assistance

240: Richard Marx – Fresh Kills 9/11 Recovery Operation, Mass Casualties

Chart from Katherine Schweit, Schweit Consulting LLC.
Targeted violence is a tragedy with three distinct stages: before, during, and after. Chart from Katherine Schweit, Schweit Consulting LLC.









In Katherine’s book Stop the Killing, readers gain access to evidence-based research and the most up-to-date information on shooting aftermaths and shooting prevention efforts. Purchase here.













Katherine Schweit and co-host Sarah Ferris discuss the insider’s story of what happened and what went wrong at some of the world’s worst mass shootings and provide insight into how you can help end them. Listen here.













Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.

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