POLICE Magazine

NOV 2018

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42 POLICE NOVEMBER 2018 S tarting on the job in a large metropolitan city in the early spring of 1994, I never trained to respond to an active threat the way we do today. Barricaded gunman response, civil disturbance, and setting up a perimetCer to wait for the SWAT team was what I knew. After the Columbine High School Massacre in 1999, we in law enforcement changed how we respond to active threat calls. e days of waiting outside and containing the incident were long gone and now the attitude was get in there and stop the threat. Times and tactics have changed since then and we are now in the era of single-officer response, rapid task force response, and advanced trauma care training for patrol. Un- fortunately we have seen incidents where officers have either not gone in, or have been ordered to not go in to handle the threat and save lives. Nearly two decades after Col- umbine there shouldn't be any question as to what we as law en- forcement should do in this situa- tion. We have to respond as safely as possible, grab what we have with us, and stop the killing. INTERIOR VS. EXTERIOR The tactics I recommend for re- sponse are the same ones I teach for the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) through the Advanced Active Shooter Response Instructor course. We include classroom presentations, MACTAC (Multi-Assault Counter-Terrorism Action Capabilities), exterior re- sponse, interior response, and in- structor development. Your active threat program should include response to exterior threats such as what we saw in Boston following the marathon bombing. What if your threat goes mobile, into the residential subdivisions of your jurisdiction? If that hap- pens your interior tactics are out the window and now you need a new plan of action to resolve this issue. Exterior tac- tics such as bounding, staggered columns, wedges, peels, RESPONDING TO THE ACTIVE SHOOTER It's not enough for officers to know they need to engage the threat; agencies need to give them the training to do so. The Winning Edge CHRISTOPHOR PERIATT PHOTO: FRANKLIN RAU Patrol officers don't have the all the equipment and training of tactical units, but they can learn from the tactics, including room clearing from the threshold.

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