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Pittsburgh looking at equipment, police training after shootings

Editor's Note: The following article first appeared in the Sunday, May 3 edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and is reprinted by permission of the newspaper's editorial team. The reporter, Rich Lord, reached out to PoliceOne for help in making connections with experts in the field of officer safety and we were pleased to introduce him to several individuals, including PoliceOne columnist Lt. John Bennett as well as Street Survival Seminar Lead Instructor Jim Glennon, both of whom are quoted in the article. 

By Rich Lord
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PITTSBURGH — Since April 4, when a nightmare scenario unfolded in Stanton Heights, Pittsburgh police have had no choice but to imagine what else they might face in the age of the AK-47.

"What if we had the actor go mobile [in a car or on foot] instead of stay stationary?" asked Officer Dan O'Hara, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Local 1, which lost three of its members in the ambush for which Richard Poplawski is charged. "We would have been at an extreme disadvantage. We wouldn't have been able to handle him at a distance."

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