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.
- Episode 2: What LE Learned from Texas Tower Shooting
- Episode 3: Staying Connected when Violence Erupts
In the debut episode, retired Lt. Frank Borelli and Assistant Editor Joe Vince talk about the event that launched the contemporary active shooter response protocols: the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. This episode looks at why the attack—considered the Pearl Harbor of active shooter incidents—was perceived so differently than others before it and how the basic response by officers to such events has changed since then.
Check out the "Active Shooter Events & Response Evolution" podcast series page for individual episode descriptions and a release schedule.
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