While 4th-graders were locked in a box with a murderous monster, authorities dithered and made the wrong call. Here’s what we now know about the chief who made that call, and the men who ignored it.
As reported last week by ClashDaily, it didn’t take much time at all to determine that the person in charge had been wrong to treat this scenario as a crisis involving a hostage or a barricaded suspect. WRONG DECISION: Director of DPS On Police NOT Facing The Shooter Sooner
Among the remedies being offered to limit such tragedies in the future is better training. One training being mentioned by name is Active Shooter training.
One related law-enforcement training course explains why such training is important, and what current standards of practice expect. (Emphasis added)
Why We Created An Active Shooter Training for Law Enforcement and Police
Through analyzing this information, we can conclude that there are faster and better ways for police officers to respond to an active shooter scene.
One of these ways is by training officers to respond solo to the threat.
Since the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School, law enforcement has realized that the greatest enemy in an active shooter incident is time. Police agencies around the nation transitioned from a hold and wait for S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics) protocol to the newly developed Quick Action Deployment Team (also known as “Qu.A.D” or “QuAD”), sending their first four arriving officers in immediately.
As we have heard, more than a dozen officers were at the scene with the killer and his victims on the other side of a locked door.
They feel so strongly that seconds must not be wasted with children in harm’s way that they offer training protocols that teach officers how best to confront such shooters even in situations where backup is slow in arriving.
If the officer in charge made the wrong call, why did he make the wrong call? The easy answer would be that he lacked the training we’ve been hearing people talk about. But the facts don’t support the easy answer.
Peter Arredondo, the chief of police for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, completed an eight-hour “Active Shooter Training Mandate” course on Dec. 17, 2021, according to Texas Commission on Law Enforcement public records obtained by NBC News.
He completed the same course the previous year, on Aug. 25, 2020, according to the documents.
Arredondo, who has been the chief since 2020, stopped at least 19 officers from rushing in as the 18-year-old shooter opened fire for at least an hour, killing 19 students and two teachers, officials said Friday.
… The training course explicitly educates participants on how to “compare/contrast an active shooter event and a hostage or barricade crisis.”
Instead of sending officers in, he spent time finding keys that would let him into the school, according to McCraw. —NBCNews
What about Arredondo’s instructions to the heroes who finally did take the killer down?
They got tired of waiting for someone to do something and took the initiative and made the decision to face the killer.
They deliberately ignored the stand-down instructions of the guy who was calling the shots.
The agents from BORTAC, Border Patrol’s tactical unit, arrived at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde from a location about 40 miles away, according to the New York Times. Agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrived around the same time, the federal sources told NBC.
Local law enforcement asked the two teams to wait, and then tasked HSI agents with pulling schoolchildren out of classroom windows. BORTAC agents waited about 30 minutes and then decided to ignore local law enforcement’s request to remain outside, entering the school and neutralizing the gunman. —NationalReview
As the bullet hole through the ballcap one of those officers can attest, this was the right decision, not the safe one.
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