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Active Shooter Response

A detailed analysis of the Uvalde incident unveils critical flaws in active shooter response, offering vital insights for law enforcement agencies nationwide
A recent documentary features the words of the officers who responded to the shooting, as well as a multitude of recordings of 911 callers and radio transmissions made during the event. Here’s what we can learn
This recent tragedy underscores the need for police to advance their readiness against hybrid active killers
In the video footage, gunshots can be heard ringing throughout the church building as officers close in on the source of the shooting
The chatter from the radio traffic was nonstop as dispatchers and commanders managed ambulances, medical resources and officers for traffic and crowd control
“Like I’ve said before: See something, say something, hear something, say something,” Mariemont Chief of Police Richard Hines said. “If we hadn’t gotten the tip, I think we would have had a very bad situation”
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said that after the woman began shooting, both officers “engaged” and the woman was killed
Officer Jacob Noriega climbed in with the critically injured faculty member and applied pressure to his wounds, while Officer Ty Vesperas drove the cruiser to an ambulance a few blocks away
Changes the department has enacted since the 2022 shooting at Robb Elementary include replacing equipment and updating and extending officer training
Here’s why ‘Run, Hide, Fight’ doesn’t translate to proper training for all audiences and age groups
There are a number of things to consider when responding to an active shooter
Tactical teams will not be there first
Training young children in active assailant response comes with a unique set of challenges
It’s important to remember your audience when talking to school staff about safety
The Perry Police Department, Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and other first responders arrived at the Perry High School within minutes of the active shooter report
Officers took the shooter down shortly after the shots heard in the video were fired
“If not for the heroics and sacrifice of Bradley Haas ... [and] the unflinching response of New Hampshire State Police, this tragedy could have been much, much worse,” Gov. Chris Sununu said
Officer Ohavyah Soto saw the suspect in a restaurant while she was out with friends; she pursued him, allowing other officers to make the arrest
Since the leak, media companies have filed a lawsuit for access, while families connected with the school have discouraged releasing the writings
Many PDs find themselves without available funds to conduct training necessary to better prepare them for when a crisis occurs; here’s a solution to that problem
Methods included advanced technology, like AI-based surveillance video searching, as well as more conventional search tactics
“They hear it as they’re at the range. They respond to the threat and address it immediately and clear the building,” Maine Public Safety Commissioner Mike Sauschuck said
Enhancing community safety through proactive communication planning
The person of interest, who is still at large, has been identified as a firearms instructor recently treated at mental health facility
The report stated that while initial agency responses to mass shooter situations can be chaotic, MSU officers were able to deploy “seamlessly and immediately”
Police say at least four people were shot in an “active shooter situation” on campus; the area was under a shelter-in-place order for several hours
The Lafayette PD uses technology like video game engines to train on consequence management, drones in the sky and a digital coaching platform
An officer recounts responding to the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooter – and shares why we must focus as much on emotional trauma as we do active shooter response tactics
Body camera footage shows dozens of officers and a SWAT team attempting to stop the shooter and rescue a wounded woman