Active Shooter Podcast: Lessons Learned from Past Attacks

Nov. 1, 2023
The fourth episode of our six-episode podcast series looks at pre-modern attacks on schools, as well as citizen-prevented incidents, and discusses what can be learned from them.

Like bank robberies in the 1920s and violent crimes fueled by the illegal drug trade in the 1980s and early 1990s, active shooter incidents have become one of the biggest challenges for 21st-century law enforcement. These incidents have become a point of emphasis for agencies over the past two decades, and new tactics, strategies and training have continued to be developed in order to best prepare officers and save lives.

Across the next two months, OFFICER Magazine's Officer Roll Call podcast will release a six-part series—sponsored by FirstNet—that examines the topic. The "Active Shooter Events & Response Evolution" podcast series will look at not how active shooter incidents have changed over the years and how law enforcement has been using accumulated knowledge and new technology to adapt.


Subscribe to the podcast and check out the series' home page for new episodes. Scroll to the bottom to find out where to find this series, as well as OFFICER Magazine's other podcasts.

In the fourth episode, retired Lt. Frank Borelli and News Editor Joe Vince look back at several pre-modern attacks on schools from the late 1800s and early 1900s. They also discuss citizen-prevented attacks and some law enforcement responses that were sub-par. 

Check out the "Active Shooter Events & Response Evolution" podcast series page for individual episode descriptions and a release schedule. 

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About the Author

Joe Vince

Joining Endeavor Business Media in 2018, Joe has worked on the company's city services publications. He began working at as the assistant editor. Before starting at Endeavor, Joe had worked for a variety of print and online news outlets, including the Indianapolis Star, the South Bend Tribune, Reddit and

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