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Sat Feb 24, 2018, 12:50 AM

107. Police are taught to engage.........

In American policing, confronting active shooters is divided into two eras: before Columbine, and after Columbine. Before the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, police strategy was to wait for the SWAT team to arrive and then attack en masse with precise force. But after the two shooters in Columbine roamed the school for nearly 50 minutes, killing 13 and wounding 21, the police approach changed: Enter now. Whoever is there with a gun, whether a school resource officer or the first patrol officer to arrive, should go after the shooter.

“We teach that the first priority when you come on scene is to stop the killing,” said Pete Blair, executive director of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University and one of the nation’s top experts on active shooter training. “The number one driving force is gunfire. If there’s gunfire, we teach the officers to isolate, distract and neutralize. We want people to go directly to the sounds of the gunfire.”

But as a teenager armed with an AR-15 rifle was blasting away at students and teachers inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last week, school resource officer Scot Peterson remained outside and did not engage the shooter, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said. Fourteen students and three teachers were killed. Peterson, who spent 27 of his 32 years in law enforcement as a school resource officer, has resigned, Israel said.

Peterson should have “went in,” Israel said. “Addressed the killer. Killed the killer. … There are no words. I mean these families lost their children. We lost coaches,” Israel said.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2018/02/23/police-are-trained-to-attack-active-shooters-but-parkland-officer-didnt-would-armed-teachers-help/?utm_term=.639d8ef1a1bf

You can argue the policy but you can't argue the fact he didn't do his job.

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