School shooting response: 5 action items for every police leader
The failure in top leadership associated with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting was seen at all levels
Since I wrote my first article last week about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, several revelations about the Broward County Sheriff’s Office response to the incident have come to light.
First, I need to correct an error in my first article. I said that if pre-event tips about the killer had been called into a local police agency instead of the FBI, there would not have been a failure to act on that intelligence. Now we know the same tips were called in to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and they also dropped the ball.
Leaders have to be held to a higher standard
We all go through watershed moments that change our outlook on life. Mine was on August 1, 2017, when I took a new job as a public safety director in my hometown in Illinois, after more than 20 years of non-sworn time teaching critical incident response and leadership at an academy. Moving back to a chief’s position, I must now live up to the leadership philosophy I preached.