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.
In the second episode of our six-episode series, retired Lt. Frank Borelli and Editor Paul Peluso look back at the 1966 attack committed by Charles Whitman at the University of Texas Tower. Often referred to simply as the Texas Tower shooting, it was one of the incidents that prompted the creation of SWAT teams in our country and changed response protocols for patrol officers.
Check out the "Active Shooter Events & Response Evolution" podcast series page for individual episode descriptions and a release schedule.
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