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Parkland School Shooting

The Feb. 14 shooting deaths of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by a gunman armed with an AR-15 reignited the gun control debate and sparked questions over law enforcement’s response prior to and during the massacre.

Police1 coverage of the Parkland school shooting spanned breaking news to recommendations for school resource officer training, an action plan for police collaboration with school administrators to improve school safety and key recommendations from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission’s after-action report.

While much attention is given to responding to attacks in progress, increased research provides hope for earlier intervention and prevention of school violence
To improve school safety against active shooters, we must work on prevention, disruption and response through a multitude of options
Best practices include placing officers on campus, controlling access points and adopting a layered approach to keep out weapons
Board members who opposed the creation of the police department cited prospective difficulty in recruiting officers and criticized the “lack of research” that went into the proposal
Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips said a jury should decide whether former Deputy Scot Peterson displayed a “wanton and willful disregard” for students’ safety when he didn’t confront the shooter during the attack
The school is scheduled to be demolished after the tour and shooting reenactment
Deputy Scot Peterson was acquitted of felony child neglect and other charges for failing to act during the 2018 Parkland school massacre
For taking cover instead of taking action, Scot Peterson has been charged with six counts of felony child neglect with great bodily harm
The dispatcher said even before the Parkland school shooting, it was known to dispatchers, deputies and admins that the county’s radio system often failed
Scot Peterson is the first law enforcement agent in U.S. history ever tried for an alleged failure to act during a school shooting
Prosecutors allege ex-Deputy Peterson, the school’s assigned deputy, knew the shooter was inside the building but chose not to confront him during the attack
The security guard said ex-Deputy Peterson stayed next to the neighboring building for 40 min, long after the shots ended and other officers stormed inside
Lt. Col. Sam Samaroo said Deputy Scot Peterson was taught that even if he was alone, he would need to confront the shooter without waiting for backup
“It is understood that the longer you wait, the more damage is being done,” Officer Best said. “Every time you heard a gunshot, somebody might be dead”
What ex-Deputy Scot Peterson heard and saw during the shooting is the key issue in the trial. He is charged with failing to confront shooter Nikolas Cruz
A prosecutor argued that former Deputy Scot Peterson could have confronted shooter Nikolas Cruz and stopped the deaths of six of the 17 people
“I want the truth to come out and if it is going to be through a trial, so be it,” Scot Peterson said.
Coral Springs public safety service members have turned to therapy, peer counseling and charity work
The sentencing came after parents, wives and siblings of the slain gave powerful victim impact statements condemning the shooter
“We need to do some reforms to be better serving victims of crimes and the families of victims of crimes.”
The jury said that it could not unanimously agree that the shooter should be executed
The shooter did extensive research on earlier killers to learn their methods and mistakes to shape his own plans
The panelists and their law enforcement escorts will be accompanied into the building
Two Coral Springs officers and a Broward County sheriff’s deputy told of finding dead, dying and wounded students and staff members
Law enforcement say Florida schools are safer than they were, “but we’re not there” yet
Former Deputy Scot Peterson is facing multiple counts of criminal neglect of a child by a caregiver
It’s been more than 1,000 days since a gunman burst into a Florida high school, killing 17 people and wounding 17 others
In a statement to local news, the Sheriff’s Office called the decision a bad one and said it intended to explore legal options
Sgt. Brian Miller, who lost his job after it was found he hid behind his car, will receive full back pay