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Official After-Action Report Challenges Some Terrorist Study Findings

In a previous post, we reported an after-action paper authored by a team of medical professionals regarding a terrorist attack on a conference center in San Bernardino, CA, in which 14 people were killed and 22 seriously wounded. That study, headed by Dr. Joshua Bobko, has been challenged for allegedly containing “factual errors that are...
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Suspicious Indicators Can Help Foil Terrorists Before They Strike

“Response is the traditional role of law enforcement, but protecting your community from terrorist attack requires a different strategy. Being prepared to respond is very different from being proactive. If you have to respond to a terrorist event, that’s a failure. With those challenging observations, Michael Rozin, an internationally recognized expert on counterterrorism, recently kicked...
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How You & Your Cell Phone Can Help Combat Active School Shooters

In the last 18 months, nearly 26,000 LEOs across all 50 states have committed themselves and their smart phones to a unique effort in the fight against active-shooter attacks in schools. By the end of 2016, at least 100,000 sworn personnel from federal, state, county, and local agencies are expected to be part of this...
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Force Science Gradudate Probes The Dark Mind Of The Active Killer

Potential victims who plead for mercy from an active killer only spur him to greater violence and likely doom themselves, while those who act aggressively against him have the best chance of stopping his slaughter, according to an exploration of the dark psychology of rapid mass murderers by a NYPD firearms trainer. Lt. Daniel Modell,...
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Surprises, Frustrations, Lucky Breaks: Lessons From NJ Mall Shooting

When a 20-year-old white male, dressed in black and wearing a black motorcycle helmet, stepped through the door with his finger on the trigger of an assault rifle, it turned out to be a lucky night for police and patrons at New Jersey’s largest shopping mall. Starting at about 1730 hours Nov. 4, the gunman...
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Solo Officer Risks And Other Truths About Active Shooter Responses

[See editor’s note below for information on additional active shooter-focused articles.] Although total numbers are small, an analysis of active shooter events for the first time has estimated the statistical risk that a single officer assumes when entering a killing site alone in pursuit of a murderous suspect. “[T]here is a 14% chance that an...
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How Cops, EMS Collaborate On Innovative Active Shooter Response

One city’s pioneering approach to active-shooter response, featuring an exceptional level of cooperation between police and EMS, will be detailed this week at the annual convention of the International Assn. of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training in Portland, OR. The four trainers making the 2 1/2-hour presentation include Sgt. Craig Allen, training director...
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New Stats On The Growing Threat Of Rapid Mass Murder

Ron Borsch, who monitors active killing incidents worldwide, has released his latest statistical summary, indicating that the frequency of these bloody events is continuing to escalate and that the interruption of a suspect’s murderous rampage is most likely to be initiated by a single citizen or LEO. Borsch, manager of the Southeast Area Law Enforcement...
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Update On “Rapid Mass Murder” And Single-Officer Response

Trainer Ron Borsch, an early advocate of immediate entry into active-killer scenes by the first responding officer, reports the latest statistics in support of his tactical position. As we’ve noted previously [Force Science News 05/09/2008 and Force Science News 05/08/2009], Borsch, manager and lead trainer at the Southeast Area Law Enforcement (SEALE) regional in-service academy...
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Update On Active-Killer Stats Show Predictable Consistency

With active-killer incidents seeming to dominate news cycles with increasing frequency these days, we revisited Ohio trainer Ron Borsch, who keeps statistics on these events, to see if the behavior pattern of these offenders is changing. In the year since we first wrote about Borsch, who manages the South East Area Law Enforcement (S.E.A.L.E.) Regional...
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