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ALERRT’s Dr. Peter Blair on scene management during active shooter response

Incident command must be presented in a way that is useful for law enforcement responding on scene

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This month saw the fifth anniversary of the February 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where an individual fatally shot 17 people and wounded 17 others.

In this episode of Policing Matters, host Jim Dudley speaks with Dr. Peter Blair, the executive director of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) center in Texas, about what have we done since then to prevent such tragedies.

Dr. Peter Blair earned his Ph.D. in criminal justice from Michigan State University. He is recognized as a leading expert in the field of active attacks. He has published numerous books, articles and commentaries on active attacks, police tactics and training.

Top quotes from this episode

“We are always involved in research to improve the training that we are doing. That research has two large areas we do with. The first it looking at events and seeing what happened with those events and the second is tactical-type research where if there is a question about whether tactic A worked better than tactic B, we will take that into the lab and run a true experiment on it.”
“One of the major issues in Uvalde was the lack of an effective incident command structure being established. So we have been talking about the importance of integrating incident command principles into our training.”
“The big initial role for that first person on scene is to get on the radio and let people know what is happening. We call this LCAN: location, conditions, actions and needs.”

“If you let the blue tsunami hit and it is not controlled, it is going to swamp the scene and cause as many problems as it solves.”

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About our guest

Peter Blair, Ph.D., is the executive director at Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) at Texas State University. He is a world-renowned expert on active shooter events and has published numerous books, articles, and reports on the topic.

He has also presented his research on active shooter events to the FBI, PERF, police chiefs’ organizations and internationally.

Connect with Dr. Peter Blair on LinkedIn.

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