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AUG 2018

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30 POLICE AUGUST 2018 he foundation of a tactical medical response to a school shooting begins in the minds of those responding to the horrific event. We must act and be law enforcement officers first before we can transition into being medical responders. STOP THE KILLER FIRST I HAVE TRAINED HUNDREDS OF OFFICERS on the application of tourni- quets, hemostatic agents, and airway control techniques. Time and time again it's been observed that once the mindset of the officers transitions to dealing with the trauma-based situation they completely forget about the tactics of stopping the killing. In the scenario-based training I have conducted, we have had the invaluable help of actual children and teens who played the role of the "injured," and I have seen countless times that officers will stop trying to search for and apprehend the bad guy and instead immediately render aid to the first child who reminds them of a loved one. is is caused by the nurtur- ing instinct of the well-intentioned human behind the badge. But while there is an active murderer amongst the children, we must disregard the wounded and stop the killing. I do not like using the adjective never but officers responding to school shootings need to remember that they should never trade good medicine for bad tactics. e reverse is also true. Once the active shooter or suspect has Tactical Medical Response to School Shootings DANIEL GREENE Officers trained in first aid responding to school shootings have to do what they can to help the victims who can be saved. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES T

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