Active Shooter Research Papers

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One of the key components of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University is our research. Our robust research division, under the direction of Dr. Hunter Martaindale, studies multiple facets of active shooter response and law enforcement best practices. Our team of doctoral students works year-round on law enforcement training based studies to determine the best safety practices for officers in high stress situations.  This data can be utilized to help law enforcement administrators make policy decisions regarding their department's active shooter response protocols.

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Incorporating Active Shooter Incident Planning into Health Care Facility Emergency Operations Plans

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From the Introduction: "Our Nation's health care facilities (HCFs) are entrusted with providing expert medical care in safe and secure environments for patients, staff, and visitors. HCFs include hospitals, health clinics, hospices, long-term care facilities, academic medical centers, group medical care facilities, and physicians' and other health care providers' offices. HCFs are faced with planning for emergencies of all kinds, ranging from active shooters, hostage situations, and other similar security challenges, as well as threats from fires, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and pandemics of infectious diseases. Many of these emergencies occur with little to no warning; therefore, it is critical for HCFs to plan in advance to help ensure the safety, security, and general welfare of all members of the health care community. This document is primarily designed to encourage facilities to consider how to better prepare for an active shooter incident. Though hospitals and many other HCFs have emergency operations plans (EOPs), this document provides emergency planners, disaster committees, executive leadership, and others involved in emergency operations planning with detailed discussions of unique issues faced in an HCF. This document also includes discussions on related topics, including information sharing, psychological first aid (PFA), and law enforcement/security."

United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency; United States. Department of Health and Human Services. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response; United States. Department of Justice; United States. Department of Homeland Security; United States. Department of Health and Human Services; United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation


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