Monday, July 9, 2007
Active Shooter Training
I still do a bit of police work. Having done it so long it gets in your blood and stays there. Like bacteria.
Seriously, I attended a training session focused on how to respond to a call for an active shooter (e.g. Virginia Tech). I find it amazing how philosophies have come full circle over the years.
Long ago, old-time cops just went in and handled whatever came along. Then tactical teams were developed. First arriving officers secured a perimeter and waited for the team. Guess what? We're back to the first officers taking action.
While I am prohibited from talking specific details, the newest thinking is when the first arriving officers hear gunfire, they form a team and combine some tactical training with the need for immediate action to save lives and go in.