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The tragic events in 2012 in Aurora, Colorado, and Newtown, Connecticut, illuminate how important it is for law enforcement officers to be prepared to engage active shooters at a moment’s notice. Since the killings in Columbine, many training programs have endeavored to prepare LEOs to handle these deadly threats. While agencies have adopted different tactics and procedures, the common ground is that the police officer must arrive at the scene and engage the threat ASAP.

Many have asked: What would have happened if an officer were off duty and in the vicinity? How should the police respond? What are some of the best practices officers should use? To find the answers, I asked some of the experts.

Prepped for Threats

For both on- and off-duty engagements, preparation is key. Officers should always keep in mind that they are never really off-duty and thus must be prepared to respond at any time. Detective Sean Sullivan of the Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Department said, “Columbine put the school atmosphere at the forefront of active-shooter training. A soft target is always going to be the most likely target.”

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