How Police Can Better Prepare the Public for Active Shooter Response

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Law enforcement leaders are at a crossroads in regard to active shooter response. PoliceOne’s Mike Wood suggests several proactive measures communities can take to preserve life between the start of an attack and police arrival on-scene.

PoliceOne columnist Mike Wood wrote in January, “It will take many changes, and the commitment of additional personnel and resources to make a bigger impact in these areas, but if police leaders take a more aggressive role in bolstering public readiness, there’s no doubt it will have a positive influence on the outcome of active shooter attacks. Perhaps many of these murderous rampages would even be short-circuited before the police got there.”

What Wood describes as “a third generation of active shooter response” positions local law enforcement and public safety agencies leading emergency preparedness activities that preserve life.

Activities include:

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