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Officers in Arkansas trained to rush in, confront a gunman, agencies say

Columbine attack changed police handling of shootings

By Ryan Tarinelli

This article was originally published March 4, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Updated March 5, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Police lead students away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14 after a gunman opened fire inside, and an on-duty deputy failed to act. In Arkansas, law enforcement departments say they teach their officers that in such cases the first officer on the scene should immediately enter the building and confront the gunman.

As questions arise over one law enforcement agency’s response to the mass shooting last month at a high school in Parkland, Fla., police departments across Arkansas say they expect their officers to confront a gunman immediately instead of waiting for a tactical team.

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Razrbak says... March 4, 2018 at 8:28 a.m.

The statement made by officer Moore is indicative of the severe problems at LRPD. We have MEMS and LRFD to care for the victims, LRPD's main job in an active shooter situations to to take care of the shooter. 75% of the white officers on the LR police force refuse to live in LR and have there children in LR public schools, which are predominantly filled with black children. Anyway, by the time the SWAT team got in from cities like Conway, Cabot or Malvern, armed teachers will have done the job LRPD seems to want to have passed on to someone else. Probably a good thing as LRPD has trouble telling the difference between a gun and a cellphone.

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TravisBickle says... March 4, 2018 at 12:05 p.m.

Maybe that's the way they're trained, but I think the reality is the first ones on the scene wait for backup and SWAT. Columbine was a good example of that.

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nlrar009 says... March 4, 2018 at 1:09 p.m.

Travis, wait for SWAT was the protocol prior to Columbine. Protocol changed after Columbine as the article stated. Officers are now trained to go in as soon as possible if there is an active shooter. Razarbak, many officers are now trained and equipped to stop life threatening bleeding when circumstances allow.

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