Two and a half years ago I left a detective position with a 26 officer department in the Texas coastal bend area and returned to west Kansas at the request of the new sheriff. The department I work for now has a total of ten sworn including part-timers, I and one other officer are the only two who have ever worked anywhere else which occasionally leads to some differences of opinion.
Last week we did a active shooter drill at the local middle school, things didn't go all that well as it was the first drill in over ten years and only the other experienced officer and I have had any training in active shooter response. It was no secret about the exercise and since I work nights I was told when and where it would happen and was told to be ready to respond from home, so as the appointed hour neared I was sitting in my running truck in my jump suit, drop leg holster and steel plate carrier with my rifle ready to go. I and the other trained officer both arrived to the party late and were the only ones dressed for the occasion, we were the only ones wearing plate and carrying rifles, the department issued steel plates and carriers to all of the deputies several years ago with the instructions that the plates were to be carried in the truck.
The Under Sheriff and I got into a discussion about what to wear to an active shooter situation, he felt that the few seconds needed to put on his plates and grab is rifle was too long and that it was better to make rapid entry with just your sidearm to prevent the further potential loss of life. While I was in Texas we drilled on active shooter at the local schools a couple of times a year and we all kept our plates where we could grab them quickly, I can have mine on in less than 30 seconds from the time my truck stops rolling until I am ready to make entry. My plate carrier has both rifle and pistol magazines, a trauma kit and three tourniquets on it plus my radio headset so I can still hear both surroundings and my radio with gunfire in the enclosed space.
With the understanding that both sides are part of the Devil's Equation about time versus proper equipment which side do you think is right?
While seconds count, for sure, the very few seconds it takes to grab those vital items that are right there in the vehicle increase the chances of saving lives and ending the situation more quickly.
On balance, you are correct, and other guy is being short sighted.