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Report: FBI Training 30,000 Officers for Active Shooter Incidents

By    |   Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 06:24 PM

The FBI is working with law enforcement agencies across the country to train 30,000 officers in active shooter response techniques, according to a new report.

USA Today reports the program, which began after the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., will be mostly completed by next year.

"We have found a block of training that, in a short period of time, provides the best investment in saving lives,'' FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano told USA Today.

Giuliano said the Bureau is working with Texas State University on the program.

"If we don't get the initial response right, it's always going to be a train wreck,'' Terry Nichols, the assistant director of Texas State University's Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center, told USA Today. "You have to stop the threat. That means urging first responding officers to move quickly toward the gunfire. That's hard to do, even if you are a law enforcement officer.''

Another program aimed at better preparing sports stadiums for active shooter situations will begin next year, according to the report.

The FBI is using lessons it has learned from several recent mass shootings, including the Sandy Hook tragedy in which a shooter killed 20 children and six staff members after killing his mother a short time earlier.

The FBI and Texas State University also collaborated on a study that looked at active shooter incidents between 2000 and 2013. The report was released this year.

The report looked at 160 such shootings that occurred in the United States during the time period, which equaled an average of 11.4 incidents each year. Four hundred eighty-six people were killed and 557 were wounded in the shootings, not including the shooters themselves.

Notably, an average of 6.4 incidents took place in the first six years of the study; that figure jumped to 16.4 in the last seven years.

Sixty percent of the shootings were over before police arrived.

"These have been happening at a rate of more than one a month in recent years,'' Nichols told USA Today. "They are high-consequence events that require preparation, or the response is always going to be a wreck.''

The FBI training takes place over two days and covers everything from tactical aspects of a response to first aid skills, which law enforcement officers must use when a scene is unsafe for medical personnel to enter.

USA Today reports that officers trained in the program then train their colleagues.

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