Active Shooter Events and Response

Active Shooter Events and Response

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By (author) John P. Blair, By (author) Terry Nichols, By (author) David Burns, By (author) John R. Curnutt

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  • Publisher: CRC Press Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 238mm x 22mm | 580g
  • Publication date: 19 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Bosa Roca
  • ISBN 10: 1466512296
  • ISBN 13: 9781466512290
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 38 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,392,825

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The Columbine tragedy on April 20, 1999 began a new era in law enforcement as it became apparent that the police response to such mass shootings must be drastically altered. By the time the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, outdated police response strategies had been replaced with new, aggressive tactics used by the first officers on the scene. The frequency with which these events occur remind us time and again about the importance of training and preparing for these critical situations before they occur in our own backyards. Active Shooter Events and Response is one of the first attempts to not only discuss historic active shooter events, but also to actually dissect some of them-empowering law enforcement professionals by leveraging the essential knowledge and experience of those who have gone before us. The book also offers insight into the training methodologies and strategies used to prepare our nation's first responders to address the active shooter threat. In addition, the authors discuss the clear and present threat of terrorist organizations using these mass shooter tactics on American soil-similar to the attacks in Beslan, Russia and Mumbai, India. Written by members of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University, this book is the culmination of more than a decade's worth of training and research into active shooter events and represents state-of-the-art, evidence-based best practices.

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J. Pete Blair is an associate professor of criminal justice at Texas State University and the director of research for ALERRT. Dr. Blair earned his PhD in criminal justice from Michigan State University and his bachelor's and master's degrees in law enforcement and justice administration from Western Illinois University. His current research is focused on active shooter events and best practices. He has published research on a variety of policing issues in numerous journal articles and book chapters. David Burns has been a deputy sheriff in Texas since 1995 and is one of the founding members of the ALERRT program. He also currently serves as a SWAT team leader, where he has been assigned since 1997. Prior to law enforcement, he served for seven years with the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War. Terry Nichols is the assistant director of the ALERRT Center at Texas State University-San Marcos. He retired from the San Marcos Police Department at the rank of commander in January 2010 after serving over 21 years with the department. His last assignment included commanding the Criminal Investigation Division as well as the Hays County SWAT team, where he served for over ten years. Terry worked numerous assignments for the department over his career, including patrol, narcotics, training, and administration. During his tenure in the Training Division, he led the development and creation of the ALERRT Center in San Marcos. He has a BS degree (1991) and an MS degree (1997) from Southwest Texas State University. John Curnutt has been a police officer in Texas since 1995 and is the director of training for ALERRT. John has been with the training program since the beginning. He is also a SWAT team leader with over 14 years of experience on the team. John's past assignments with his agency include working as a School Resource Officer (SRO) in the patrol division. Prior to law enforcement, he studied criminal justice at Texas State University-San Marcos after serving in the US Army's Arctic Light Infantry immediately after high school.

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"This important and authoritative book provides a highly useful and well-written overview of significant active shooter events ... . Based on the authors' extensive experience in training and research into active shooter events, the information presented in this book truly is, as they claim, "state-of-the-art, evidence-based best practices." -International Association for Counterterrorism & Security Professionals Reader's Lounge

Table of contents

Historical Perspective of Active Shooter Events Specialization of the Police The Turning Point New Response Protocols Increased Complexity of Events The Terrorist Active Shooter Threat Beslan, Russia Mumbai, India Norway The Mexico Threat Active Shooter Events in the United States from 2000 to 2010, WITH M. HUNTER MARTAINDALE Methodology Search Strategy Data Coding Results Characteristics of the Events The Shooter Resolution of Event Preparing for the Event Primary Goals of the Active Shooter Response Stop the Killing Stop the Dying Concept and Principle-Based Training General Training Philosophy Concept and Principle-Based Training The Mind-Set of the Modern First Responder The Law Enforcement Warrior On-Scene Leadership and the Active Shooter Response Equipment En Route and Actions Outside the Building En Route Priorities of Work Gather Intelligence Arrival on Scene Outside the Building Approaching the Crisis Site Breaching into the Crisis Site A Final Note on Breaching into a Crisis Site Entry and Confronting the Threat Concepts and Principles of Team Movement inside a Structure Stay Together as Much as Possible 540 Cover around the Team Communication Cover the Angles Threshold Evaluation Speed of Movement Room Entry Keys to Effective Room Entry The Room Entry Process Improvised Explosive Devices Effects of an Explosion on the Human Body Refuge from an Explosive Device (Distance, Angles, and Air Gaps) Three Rules for Dealing with Explosives Common Types of Detonators Used with IEDs Hand-Delivered Devices Used against the Team Bomb Cover and Bomb Go Postengagement Priorities of Work Security Immediate Action Plan Medical Tactical Emergency Casualty Care CCP Location A Note on Blast Injuries Linkup Procedures Priorities for Incident Commanders during the "Stop the Dying" Phase of Response Provide Security and Quick Reaction Force Clear Evacuation Route for Victims Establish a Casualty Collection Point Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events The Role of Civilians during Active Shooter Events Disaster Response Denial Deliberation The Decisive Moment Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events Denial Deliberation and the Decisive Moment What to Expect When the Police Arrive Policy Appendix Index