6 considerations for on- and off-duty active shooter response

There are some critical actions that need to be taken before arriving on the scene to guarantee the greatest chance of success


The PoliceOne Academy is currently featuring Active Shooter: Phases and Prevention, a 1-hour course for law enforcement personnel. This course is designed to provide instruction to law enforcement officers in how to best – and most safely – respond to an active shooter incident. Visit the PoliceOne Academy to learn more and for an online demo.

The Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) at SHOT Show draws officers from all over the world and gives them a unique opportunity to share information and experience with each other on a variety of important topics.

In the wake of several high-profile active shooter events in 2017 – including the horrific attack at the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Music Festival – tactics for confronting these attackers were a primary area of concern for the LEEP attendees.

Fortunately, Eastern Beacon Industries, a manufacturer of tactical bags and cases with integrated ballistic panels that can withstand rifle fire, sponsored Andrew Gonzalez to lead a class on active shooter response tactics for both on-duty and off-duty officers.

Gonzalez is a seasoned gang unit officer from the Los Angeles area with a strong tactical background and a passion to share lessons learned with his fellow officers. Using his intensive experience and training, Gonzalez led a guided discussion about the tactics used to confront active shooters, drawing heavily upon audience participation in a fast-moving session that, at times, highlighted strong differences of opinion on this complex and difficult subject.

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