If you’re in charge of your police department or law enforcement agency, do you have a protocol to follow in case of an officer-involved shooting? In the upcoming April 2014 issue of GUNS & WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, author Randy Rider goes to great lengths to detail what agencies need to help their LEOs get through the aftermath.

Rider writes, “Ideally, you should have a team set aside for shootings. This is a group of investigators that specialize in police shootings, and they should be well trained for these situations because they are entirely different that run-of-the-mill homicides. Why can’t we handle this as we would any other homicide? This is not the average bar shooting. We have a stake in this one—one of our own is involved.

“Investigators who have had experience in homicide must be there to work the case. Do not put an untrained officer on one of these assignments. Training specific in officer-involved shootings is a must. There are areas in which the case can be convoluted with the rights of the officer if an investigator is not trained properly.”

To learn more, check out the April 2014 issue of GUNS & WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, available on newsstands and digitally January 7, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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