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Active shooter articles, insights & training resources

By Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster

 “Active Shooter” is a phrase coined by law enforcement that describes an armed person who has used deadly physical force on persons and continues to do so while having unrestricted access to additional victims. The school shooting at Columbine and similar incidents have caused a paradigm-shift in law enforcement training and tactics. Instead of being taught to wait for a SWAT team to arrive, officers receive training on how to take immediate action during incidents that clearly involve suspects’ use of deadly force.

United States Attorney Leura G. Canary stated, “We hear about a shooting in a school or business every few months now, in both large and small towns. Law enforcement must be prepared to handle these situations as they arise. After the Columbine shooting, law enforcement agencies realized that first-on-the-scene patrol officers must be ready to enter a school, mall or other public place to neutralize a shooter and stop the killing.”

In Active Shooter or Immediate Action Rapid Deployment training, officers are provided training on single and team tactics for active shooters, and deliberate and dynamic techniques for dealing with the variety of floor plan situations encountered in schools. Mostly, the class stressed the first officer and follow on officer teams moving safely, assertively, and decisively to engage and neutralize the active threat, thereby preventing the further loss of innocent life.

This valuable training provided patrol officers and school resource officers the skills necessary to decisively end these violent encounters and minimize the loss of innocent human life caused by active shooters.

Here is a list of articles, training information and educational resources related to active shooters and rapid response:

Discussions and Resources on "Active Shooter"
Active Shooter: Train now or pay later

Being an Active Shooter

National Association of School Resource Officers

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