2022 – Police academy shootings come under scrutiny after Texas attack | School shooting in Texas

New details about the apparent failure of local law enforcement to respond quickly to the Ovaldi, Texas school shooting raised questions Saturday about the effectiveness of police measures put in place in Colorado after the 1999 Columbine shooting.

After three days of conflicting reports about the police response to the attack that killed 19 children and two teachers in a small South Texas town,

The police decision to wait outside the classroom where the 18-year-old gunman was holed up turned out to violate federal and state guidelines developed over two decades that require the gunman to be disabled by police, prioritizing the police.

In Texas, Uvalde officers have received their final training in recent months, with protocols stating that “an officer’s first priority is to intervene and confront the attacker.” This may include avoiding injuries and not responding to children’s calls for help,” according to the policy.

The school’s chief of police in that district, separate from the city’s police, is Pedro Arredondo, who was the operations officer during Tuesday’s shooting and who authorities described as making a “wrong decision” in commanding the city’s storming to delay classes until federal agents arrived.

He completed his last gun attack handling training in December, NBC News reports, and has been in the position since 2020.

It is not yet clear what exact situation Arredondo his officers faced, and there are different response protocols for the various different forms of shooting incident. Arredondo did not respond to media requests for comment.

But unnamed law enforcement officials told The Associated Press on Saturday that officials from other agencies had urged the school’s police chief to move them earlier.

A source said audio recordings from the scene were captured by officials from other agencies, who told Arredondo that the shooter was still active and that stopping him was a priority.

The Washington Post, citing a US Customs and Border Protection official, said that an off-duty Border Patrol tactical agent arrived outside the classroom where school police officers had been waiting for an hour and “basically said, ‘Let’s ‘get it done’ before. Charges and shoots dead.” fire.

The attacker was a local resident, Salvador Ramos, who had recently turned 18 and was allowed to legally purchase weapons and ammunition.

“They didn’t tell me they were disappointed,” the official said of the federal agents who responded. “But they told me it was hard to tell who was responsible.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Friday he believed he was misled about the initial response, promising an investigation into “who knows exactly what, when and who was responsible” and what they were doing.

The governor added, “The bottom line is, why didn’t they choose the best strategy to get in there and take out the killer and save the kids?”

Since the Columbine School massacre in 1999, many police departments have trained officers to prioritize pursuing the attacker. After the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the FBI was granted jurisdiction over the mass shooting.

This led to a number of FBI initiatives to train local law enforcement in how to respond, including the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response (Alerrt) Training Program developed in Texas.

Agents are tasked with training law enforcement and other first responders to ensure consistent active-fire response protocols across the country.

According to the Department of Justice, the program has since trained more than 114,000 first responders in law enforcement.

The issue of local law enforcement was raised after the 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in which a 19-year-old former student from the school killed 17 and wounded 17 others.

Former Broward County Deputy Sheriff Scott Peterson, who went into hiding during the gunman’s rage, has been criminally charged with child neglect resulting in grievous bodily harm, neglect and perjury.

The Florida Attorney General’s office called Peterson’s actions “unprecedented and irresponsible.”

Peterson is due to appear in court in September and has denied the allegations.

The first officers to arrive last Tuesday were from the Uvalde municipal police, which has some rapid intervention skills and about 40 officers. The Washington Post reported that the Ovaldi Unified County Independent Police Department, a separate six-officer branch that oversees the safety of eight local schools, was responsible for the accident.

According to the Uvalde County Police Education Facebook page, the small division conducted active shooters training at Uvalde High School in March.

“Our overall goal is to train every law enforcement official in the Uvalde area so we can prepare as well as possible for any possible situation,” she says.

In 2019, the Texas legislature passed a measure requiring all school police officers to complete training, citing a change in law enforcement tactics since Columbine and the failure of Parkland’s response. The “first priority” for the incoming officer is to intervene and confront the attacker, according to the state’s approach.

“First responders on an active shooting scene must put themselves in danger and show extraordinary courage to save innocent people,” the Texas curriculum says.

The 2020 Country Guide adds: “A first responder who does not wish to put innocent lives ahead of their safety should consider another career field.”