ALERRT July 2018 Newsletter


The Tradeoff:

Speed vs. Safety
Dr. J. Pete Blair
ALERRT Executive Director
For quite some time response to active attacks has been shifting. In the late 90s, officer safety was the primary concern when responding to attacks. In terms of the priority of life scale, officers were at the top, victims next, and suspects last. This priority on officer safety was what drove the response to the Columbine High School shooting. Patrol officers did as they were trained to do. They contained the shooters, called for SWAT, and controlled the scene. SWAT entered the building approximately 47 minutes after the shooting started. Thirteen students and staff were murdered and another 21 were wounded.