Thank you. They can’t turn on a dime. Force Deesculation for everything then expect them to be aggressive in a second. It’s doesn’t work that way.Aren't you the guy that wanted the SWAT team? Waiting for a SWAT team is contrary to "the process".
Everyone knowing, agreeing to, and being trained on "the process", is great.
But actually doing it is much harder.
"Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." - Mike Tyson
My former department had to change it's use of force policies to allow active shooter protocols. Because active shooter protocols are so much more aggressive then prior tactics allowed.
We had admin staff that believed that shooting a suspect without giving verbal commands, to allow them to surrender was un-Constitutional behavior.
Not to mention, more than a few officers are hesitant, or just don't want to use force, especially deadly force.
I think it's interesting all the talk about the officers should have gone in regardless of risk.
If that is the employer/public's expectation, all police officers should have life insurance, worker's comp, etc designed around that premise, provided by that same employer/public. Most do not.
I worked for a 500 officer department. One of my co-workers was run over by a suspect, and critically injured. When he wasn't able to return to return to work in 180 days, they tried to force him off worker's comp, and retire him. That would have seriously cut into what he was taking home. It took about a year, for him to return to work. He worked 5 more years. That allowed him to retire with the full benefits.
Having or not having shields, "go bags", breaching equipment, available in every patrol car is also an issue. Saying "get in there", which is the right tactic, but not having a way to breach a steel door in a steel frame is an issue.
Pulse Nightclub - was an active shooter that was confronted outside, but able to get inside and become a barricaded active shooter.
Columbine High - Shooters confronted by an SRO in the parking lot, but able to get inside and become barricaded active shooters.
Parkland High - Just a disaster.
Saying you need to go in and confront an active shooter is easy. But actually doing it seems to be much harder.
It looks like a training and leadership issue.
Not to mention a public that seems to bristle at police officer with exterior load bearing vests, pants with cargo pockets, and long guns to name a few things
Then everyone acts surprised when the police officers that are trained to de-escalate, and avoid using force, don't go into battle mode when they encounter an active shooter.