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Highlighting the importance of PACE planning in addressing potential security threats, crowd management issues and emergency responses for large gatherings
“I was standing right in front of Union Station, just to the west of the stage, when I heard shots fired.”
Interoperability is not just a technical term; it’s the backbone of a coordinated and efficient emergency response strategy
The new instructor program is tailored for police and other first responders seeking to teach their communities how to Stop the Bleed
“I’m angry at what happened today. The people who came to this celebration should expect a safe environment,” Kansas City Police Chief Stacey Graves said at a press conference
The proposals include requiring background checks for advertised private gun sales, harshening penalties for reckless sales and creating a violence prevention resource network
Our government built its public warning systems around AM radio because it’s the most reliable form of communication if disaster strikes
A detailed analysis of the Uvalde incident unveils critical flaws in active shooter response, offering vital insights for law enforcement agencies nationwide
Here’s why ‘Run, Hide, Fight’ doesn’t translate to proper training for all audiences and age groups
Tactical teams will not be there first
Deputy Scot Peterson cited other cases that say officers don’t have an obligation to protect others from third-party harm and cannot be sued for decisions made during a crisis
The number of attacks is alarming, but we are seeing more stories about successes from police intervention before and during attacks
“It’s critical for our agency to look objectively at our actions … to help reduce the risk that something like this will happen again,” Sheriff Joel Merry stated
The episode offers a critical incident review of this unprecedented attack and shares the lessons learned from the incident response
Reporters reviewed nearly 150 different officer accounts, as well as hours of body camera footage and 911 calls
Connor Sturgeon wrote that it was “so easy” to purchase a firearm, but didn’t have a firm grasp on how to use it, according to investigators
Weapons restriction orders were imposed at least 13 times under the law since the Oct. 25 shooting
What local officials said would take 20 years to fund and build, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation accomplished in three years
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
The suspect had been sought since the Wednesday night shootings that killed 18 people and wounded 13
Enhancing community safety through proactive communication planning
A retired police officer with 40 years of experience quickly grasped the severity of the situation and assisted in safeguarding individuals in the bowling alley
Joe Walker was reportedly shot twice in the stomach while trying to stop the shooter