Rapid Response Focus on your goal
Note: The following is an overview and
should not be considered as training.
Search out the threat and stop the violence
You must get to the shooter or shooters
and stop their violence
Contact Team or Single Officer
If bad guys are shooting, you know where they
are by the gunfire – move to them quickly
Bypass other rooms and areas If they are not shooting
- Use your intel (verbal, visual, radio) to move quickly to the shooters.
- Slow down and do quick entries/searches as you move where needed
- Avoid walking into an ambush
Challenge or engage the shooter(s) when you encounter them
If life not in imminent danger, transition to SWAT mode
- When the shooter has stopped, it has now become a hostage situation.
- Wait for the local law enforcement team to arrive and pass control to them.
Typical movement mistakes
- Not moving smoothly
- Getting too tense
- Moving too fast
- Moving too slow
- Failing to communicate with each other
- Every officer trying to command the team
- Moving into each other’s line of fire
- Not maintaining areas of responsibility
- Breaking role
Training is the key!
All members of the team that are authorized for a sidearm must have appropriate training.
- Follows entry team
- Removes victims (including officers)
- Must be capable of becoming contact team if perpetrators encountered
- Fire/EMS personnel rescue team issues
- No tactical skills
- No training
- Not likely to enter an un-secured area anyway
- TEMS exceptions
Most incidents over by the time the first police officers
are on scene.
Immediate action by on-scene church security officers is
the most likely tactic to have a positive effect.
Israel had similar problems in their synagogues and schools
They arm the population
They arm the teachers
Synagogues and schools are no longer targets