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Police Chief Magazine
Michael Kehoe, Chief (Ret.), Newtown, Connecticut, Police Department, and Laura Usher, Manager, Criminal Justice and Advocacy National Alliance on Mental Illness
Police officers are carefully recruited and well-trained to deal with threats and ensure their own safety and the safety of their communities. As a result, many people would likely assume that officers are more resilient than the average citizen—and they may be. However, working in law enforcement exposes officers to many more risks of abuse, injury, and death than the average citizen. As a result, many officers struggle with alcoholism, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression. (read more...)
Police Chief Magazine
Sam McGhee, Lieutenant, Emergency Services Coordinator, Aurora, Colorado Police Department
Challenges in the 21st-century United States have proven monumental for those charged with providing public safety. Due to the grim rate of evolving threats, innovative thinking, planning, responding, and recovering have been necessary since the attacks of 9/11. As such, the many disciplines within the first responder community have reinvented the ways in which they respond to emergency situations. (read more...)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Office of Health Services
A pre-planned, integrated response by all first responder disciplines is required in order to maximize effectiveness and improve the survivability of those injured in such attacks. This paper identifies some of the many resources that already exist to help guide those communities who have decided to pursue a more prepared community through integrated response. (read more...)
FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
Katherine W. Schweit, J.D.
Unfortunately, scenes involving active shooters have become too familiar. Radio transmissions of possible shots fired send the closest police officers to the scene. (read more...)
whitehouse.gov
The President’s plan to reduce gun violence called on federal agencies to immediately expand access to federal training on active shooter situations. (read more...)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
DHS developed these guidelines to prepare for, respond to, and manage an active shooter in the workplace. (read more...)
U.S. Department of Education, Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center
The following case study examines an active shooter incident at a school that turned into a hostage situation. In addition to providing pre-incident preparedness, incident actions, and post-incident response information, the document contains ten lessons learned from the incident. (read more...)

Studies and Statistics

FBI
An analysis of 2014 and 2015 active shooter incidents has identified 20 incidents in each of the years; information provided to advance available research and assist federal, state, local, tribal, and campus law enforcement officers, other first responders, corporate leaders, and educators in their efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to active shooter incidents. (read more......)
FBI
In 2014 the Federal Bureau of Investigation initiated a study of active shooter incidents to provide federal, state, local, campus and tribal law enforcement with accurate data to better understand how to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from these incidents. (read more......)
Federal Bureau of Investigation
The goal of the FBI study is to provide federal, state, and local law enforcement with data so they can better understand how to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from these incidents. (read more......)
New York City Police Department
Raymond W. Kelly
The New York City Police Department developed the following report to provide recommendations and analysis for mitigating risks associated with an active-shooter attack. (read more......)
New York City Police Department
Raymond W. Kelly
The New York City Police Department developed the following report to provide recommendations and analysis for mitigating risks associated with an active-shooter attack. (read more......)

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