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SEP 2018

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Aaron Cohen (www.cherriescounterterror.com), and I can rec- ommend these gentlemen for your training. What I like about the limited penetration technique is that all the fighting is done from the threshold and allows you to properly process what's in the room prior to entering it. is is a huge advantage for patrol officers that would not otherwise get the amount of training they need to become proficient in build- ing entry and clearing. If you and other officers become involved in a use-of-force in- cident within the room, make sure you finish what you started by handcuffing the suspect, clearing the room, providing medical attention to the wounded, including the suspect, and extracting those that can move to a safer location. I teach my students to perform chamber checks after they discharge their weapons. It allows them to confirm the weapon is ready to go if needed. Some may disagree with this, but it's something I have picked up from my Israeli trainers and I am whole- heartedly sold on it. If continued building clearing is need- ed, make sure someone stays with the sus- pect. You must also maintain scene integ- rity and evidence for the investigation and prosecution. Medical training, including advanced trauma care or tactical emergency casu- alty care (TECC), must also become a part of your active threat response program. Officers should be carrying tourniquets on their bodies and have fully stocked trauma kits readily available to them in their patrol vehicles. e national Stop the Bleed (https://stopthebleedingcoalition. org) program has some incredible statis- tics on trauma and how many people actually die from blood loss who could have otherwise been saved if a properly trained person had been at the scene. Officers must have the proper equipment to assist them in responding to these tragic events. Tourniquets are inexpensive and every officer should have one, again on their body, not in their kit in the patrol vehicle. SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE Part of this article has been for patrol officers, part of it for administrators, and part of it for trainers. is part is specifically addressing trainers. e way I teach officers to respond to active threat is not the only way to respond to active threats, but it is a way. It allows your people to enter and clear the structure more safely and more effectively than other methods. And it offers the benefits of what I call the "4 E's." All of your tactics should be: 1. Easy to learn 2. Easy to retain 3. Easy to recall under stress 4. Effective Some systems for active threat response do not meet all four of these criteria, and this can be a serious problem for many patrol officers who have not had the proper amount of stress- 18 SPECIAL REPORT H ACTIVE SHOOTER RESPONSE related training when it comes to active threat response. Keep your tactics simple but effective when it comes to your patrol officers. Make sure they understand the need to stop this incident as soon as possible. e faster they respond, enter, and stop the threat or threats, the more lives they have the potential of saving. Solid tactics instill confidence in your people. If they don't believe in what you are teaching them, they may not perform them the way you would like them to when you are conducting training or when they have to try to apply them in a real event. Make sure you seek out the best tactics and training for what your agency requires. e NTOA has been at the forefront from the beginning, and in my opinion the NTOA Advanced Active Shooter Response Instructor course is by far one of the best in the country. e NTOA continues to update and evolve its training based on actual active threat incidents and consults with the nation's experts on these topics. at all culminates into a premier training program that is affordable and obtainable for most, if not all, agencies. Continually evaluate your active threat response training programs. Tactics evolve and your training programs should be up- dated when they do. What worked 10 years or 20 years ago may not be the best tactics for your agency today. Remember that regular training with your officers is the surest way to instill in them the need to handle these incidents in the most efficient and effective manner. ey must become proficient and comfort- able with the idea of entering a building while possibly only armed with a handgun and confronting an individual armed with a rifle platform. ey need to understand they can do this and prevail if they use the right tactics and have the right training. If your agency doesn't have an active threat response train- ing program for patrol officers, I highly recommend you seek out the training and implement it. Also, reexamine your agen- cy's policy on response to active threat. Has it been updated to incorporate the latest tactics for active threat response or is it something that was written decades ago and hasn't been looked at since? e front line officer needs to understand how crucially im- portant it is for them to intervene and end the threat. ey also need to be trained so that they know how to do this in a smart and safe manner. e training you prepare them with will as- sist them in prevailing against an active shooter. n Christophor Periatt is a 24-year veteran of law enforcement who teaches for the National Tactical Officers Association and the Macomb Community College Advanced Police Training Center and Police Academy. He is co-owner of Forever Vigilant LLC (www.4evervigilant.com) training company and can be contact- ed at copsniper69@msn.com.w PHOTO: GRAND TRAVERSE CO. SHERIFF OFFICE/ARMOR EXPRESS PATROL RESPONSE TO THE ACTIVE SHOOTER A single officer arriving at the scene of an active shooter incident can go in and end the threat.

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