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Police Response to the Active Shooter Crisis in San Bernardino | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

Police Response to the Active Shooter Crisis in San Bernardino

I was a little taken aback by some of the negative comments I read in regards to the police response to the recent mass shootings in San Bernardino, California. If people knew all that was involved in this type of situation, I think they would be more amazed at the actual police response than looking at it negatively like some of the comments I have read. I hope after reading this article that anyone who previously had negative thoughts about the police response during the incident change their view on how the police actually responded as the incident unfolded.

The mass shooting took place in San Bernardino, California at a government building complex on December 2nd, 2015 and, at the time, no one was exactly sure if the attack was planned or not; subsequent investigations by the FBI have revealed that the husband and wife shooters are now thought to indeed be ‘radicalized’ and ‘highly influenced’ by Muslim extremist groups. The attack left 14 people dead and 21 injured in a matter of just a few minutes. It was the deadliest mass shooting in the USA since 2012. President Obama even now classified the shooting as an act of terrorism in a recent address to the nation.

san bernardino shootingThe San Bernardino Police Chief was quoted as saying the first officers arrived on the scene in less than 4 minutes and a few officers then went into the building to start evacuating people. An organized team of officers first entered the building some 15 minutes after the initial shots were fired. The biggest break for the police and all those involved was the fact that a mass active shooting exercise was being conducted just a few miles from the scene of the actual shooting and many special police and SWAT team members were able to arrive in full gear ready to assist in just a few minutes. According to many experts, the numbers that were noted for the police response times were excellent with all the unknowns in a shooting such as this.

In these types of incidents, there is a lot of information that must be sifted through quickly and analyzed. There were thousands of people working in the government complex where the attacks took place. Many of these people were panicked and distraught as they exited the buildings and the overwhelmed police had to be very careful at the same time that the shooters themselves did not blend in with the crowd of people to hasten their escape. A helicopter news camera from above showed the police quickly brought survivors to a makeshift area to be searched and then quickly interviewed before being released.

Add to the fact that the police also found actual bombs and bomb-making material at the scene and it is amazing how well the police responded to what must have been the most extreme of chaotic situations. Given the uncertainty of the situation, such as not knowing if the shooters were still holed up in the building and exactly how many of them there were altogether, I believe the police response to this situation was highly commendable and should be applauded. All subsequent professional analyzation of the crises seems to be pointing favorably in this direction as well.

In a period in America where the police have been getting a lot of bad publicity lately, I believe it is time to give our vital law enforcement personnel the pat on the back they deserve for a change.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Craig Smith

Craig has been writing for several years but just recently made freelance writing a full time profession after leaving behind 26 years working in the swimming pool construction industry. He served four years in the US Air Force as an Imagery Interpreter Specialist in Okinawa, Japan and at SAC Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. As a staunch supporter of law enforcement personnel, emergency medical technicians, firemen, search and rescue personnel and those who serve in the military, Craig is proud to contribute to the US Patriot blog on their behalf.
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