Active Shooter Events and Response by John P. Blair

By John P. Blair

The Columbine tragedy on April 20, 1999 all started a brand new period in legislations enforcement because it turned obvious that the police reaction to such mass shootings has to be enormously altered. by the point the Sandy Hook undemanding university capturing happened on December 14, 2012, superseded police reaction recommendations have been changed with new, competitive strategies utilized by the 1st officials at the scene.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 concerning the significance of teaching and getting ready for those serious events prior to they take place in our personal backyards.

Active Shooter occasions and reaction

is one of many first makes an attempt not to merely talk about ancient lively shooter occasions, but additionally to truly dissect a few of them―empowering legislations enforcement pros via leveraging the basic wisdom and event of these who've long gone earlier than us. The ebook additionally bargains perception into the educational methodologies and techniques used to arrange our nation’s first responders to handle the energetic shooter chance. furthermore, the authors talk about the transparent and current hazard of terrorist agencies utilizing those mass shooter strategies on American soil―similar to the assaults in Beslan, Russia and Mumbai, India.

Written through contributors of the complex legislations Enforcement fast reaction education (ALERRT) middle at Texas country collage, this booklet is the fruits of greater than a decade’s worthy of educating and study into energetic shooter occasions and represents state of the art, evidence-based top practices.

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Officers repeatedly called for medics, ambulances, and fire-rescue personnel to assist with the dozens of wounded victims (The Denver Post 2012). Unfortunately, very few, if any, EMS organizations in the country, and certainly not the EMS system in Aurora, Colorado, are capable of handling a mass casualty event with more than 50 gunshot victims without mutual aid and assistance. Notifying and coordinating a mutual aid medical response of this magnitude takes valuable time and, while this is occurring, victims are potentially dying.

However, patrol officers are being tasked with doing the mission with little or no training, no specialized equipment, and extremely limited previous intelligence on the situation. The tactics utilized in these situations must be dynamic, aggressive, and decisive, and this is counter 16 ◾ Active Shooter Events and Response to much of the patrol officer’s previous training regarding this type of situation. Additionally, active shooter training for patrol must be designed to enable several officers who may never have worked together before, do not know each other, and are possibly from different agencies to come together and effectively respond to stop the violence.

The suspect requested the staff to gather all of the children campers in the main building. Although it is believed the staff and off-duty police officer were skeptical of the suspect’s police uniform and credentials, the children were gathered as requested. At approximately 16:53 hours, the suspect pulled out a weapon and immediately gunned down the off-duty police officer and staff member before turning the weapon on the children. For the next 1 hour and 2 minutes, the suspect had complete control over the island of Utoya, randomly walking around murdering 69 children and wounding an additional 60 (Ergenbright and Hubbard 2012).

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