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Quote of the Day: ” the first officer on scene must make every attempt to neutralize an active threat as quickly as possible”

2018-04-16

“It is imperative that the first officer on scene provides the most detailed information available. … Equally as important, the first officer on scene must make every attempt to neutralize an active threat as quickly as possible.”

These sentences come from an article about the police response to the Parkland massacre site after receiving 911 calls.

The hallway was “way quiet and full of thick smoke coming from gunfire.”

The end of the article contains the advice of the senior policeman on duty that day, who blames the first responder for the delay:

Retired Police Chief Tony Pustizzi, who ran the agency at the time of the school massacre, said the reports were “pretty consistent with what we thought.”

He blamed the delay — described as a few minutes by Burton — on the sheriff’s deputy.

“Responding officers are going to formulate tactical approaches based on the information provided to them as they are en route to a scene,” he said Monday.

“It is imperative that the first officer on scene provides the most detailed information available.”

 

 

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