By John P. Blair
The Columbine tragedy on April 20, 1999 started a brand new period in legislations enforcement because it grew to become obvious that the police reaction to such mass shootings needs to be vastly altered. by the point the Sandy Hook easy university taking pictures happened on December 14, 2012, superseded police reaction suggestions were changed with new, competitive strategies utilized by the 1st officials at the scene. The frequency with which those occasions take place remind us many times in regards to the value of educating and getting ready for those severe events sooner than they ensue in our personal backyards.
Active Shooter occasions and reaction
is one of many first makes an attempt not to in simple terms talk about old lively shooter occasions, but additionally to really dissect a few of them―empowering legislations enforcement pros by means of leveraging the basic wisdom and event of these who've long gone earlier than us. The publication additionally bargains perception into the learning methodologies and methods used to organize our nation’s first responders to handle the lively shooter risk. furthermore, the authors talk about the transparent and current risk of terrorist corporations utilizing those mass shooter strategies on American soil―similar to the assaults in Beslan, Russia and Mumbai, India.
Written via participants of the complex legislation Enforcement fast reaction education (ALERRT) middle at Texas country college, this ebook is the fruits of greater than a decade’s worthy of educating and examine into lively shooter occasions and represents cutting-edge, evidence-based top practices.
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With proper training and equipment, patrol officers who find themselves arriving first on the scene of the next active shooter event should be capable of forcing entry into a barricaded structure to stop the killing and save lives. Another important lesson from the tragedy at Virginia Tech was the critical roles the tactical medics from each agency’s SWAT team played in saving lives. Emergency medical service (EMS) and other specially trained medical personnel will be responding to an active shooter event; however, current protocols prohibit these emergency personnel from entering a crisis site before law enforcement is able to secure the site.
Wearing body armor and being armed, often with patrol rifles, officers are much better prepared to confront Historical Perspective of Active Shooter Events ◾ 21 and stop an active shooter than the innocent civilians being hunted. When put into context and explained in this manner, professional law enforcement officers understand the concept that although their safety is important, the policing profession can be and is a dangerous calling that sometimes requires those who have sworn an oath to step up and be the “thin blue line” charged with protecting those who cannot protect themselves.
Active Shooter Events and Response by John P. Blair