Columbine Shooting Response

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The Shootings at Columbine High School: The Law Enforcement Response

Problem Statement: The response to the shootings in Columbine could have been handled more effectively if there was a solid coordinate effort from law enforcement and emergency units in the area. The plan of action to prevent the incident from playing out further was hastily put together and only cost more lives at danger. All possible lines of communication whether it be from law enforcement officials, emergency personnel or even the media for that matter, were contradicting each other and inaccurate in their details. Information from witnesses, victims and Columbine school officials also proved to be unreliable in this terrorist act. Their accounts of what happened including details were largely useless in SWAT’s efforts to secure and contain the terrorist act at hand. Overall, with the outcome of the Columbine shootings, there should have been a more joint and concise effort on the part of law enforcement and medical units to minimize the situation at hand supported by thorough communication between the agencies. Details of the account by witnesses, victims, and law officials could have been compiled and researched to prove their accuracy to execute a more efficient plan of action.

History: On April, 20, 1999, the deadliest shooting in United States history occurred in Jefferson County, Colorado, at Columbine High School. “The radio message at 11:23 a.m. that Tuesday morning was the first official word alerting area law enforcement to the fact that something had gone very wrong at the large suburban school about eight miles southwest of Denver”(Stillman). Shortly there after a deputy had called for aid from all participating units to stop what appeared to be a bloody siege by an undetermined number of gunmen. From the start, the response was not coordinated as several units whether it be law enforcement or emergency medical teams converged into the area....
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