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City of Uvalde announces it has implemented changes to PD based on DOJ report

Changes the department has enacted since the 2022 shooting at Robb Elementary include replacing equipment and updating and extending officer training

Hugh Clements, Jr.
Merrick B. Garland

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, left, listens as COPS Director Hugh Clements, Jr., right, speaks during a news conference were they shared the findings of a federal report into the law enforcement response to a school shooting at Robb Elementary, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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By Joanna Putman

UVALDE, Texas — The city of Uvalde has stated it has begun to implement changes to local law enforcement based on the recommendations of the U.S. Department of Justice in its report on the Robb Elementary School shooting, Texas Public Radio reported.

The city issued a statement on Jan. 25 in response to the Jan. 18 DOJ report, which criticized the police response to the shooting.

“Specifically, UPD has enhanced police officers’ capabilities by obtaining new equipment,” the statement explained.

The new equipment includes rifle-rated armor, telecommunication upgrades and advanced door-breaching tools, according to the report.

Officers at the department have also undergone nearly 1,700 hours of training since the May 2022 incident, according to the report. The training included active shooter, Solo Officer Rapid Deployment and crisis intervention training.

The department has also improved the training through partnerships with the local community, according to the report. These changes were among the nearly 300 recommendations for active shooter preparation listed in the DOJ report.