ORLANDO, Florida. – As an enforcement of the law foundation, assesses how the Orlando Police Department responded to a 2016 mass shooting at a gay nightclub, the organization of the staff say in the newspaper that the training of the police and the protocols may need to change.
They suggest that the regular patrol officers should be trained in how to respond to a terrorist attack or hostage-taking. The paper was published earlier this month by three members of the Police Foundation in the CTC Sentinel, a publication of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.
Both situations usually are treated by highly trained SWAT team members, but the newspaper says the patrol officers are usually the first to arrive to a scene.
“Routine patrol work places agents in the neighborhoods where terrorists hide, plan, and attack, give them the opportunity to collect critical intelligence as to identify potential threats,” the newspaper says.
The foundation is the review of the Orlando police response, but it has not yet released a report. The paper is separated from the group.
The paper is the nightclub of the massacre and an attack in San Bernardino, California, as examples.
The paper acknowledged some second-guessing in the media about why Orlando police, not gunman Omar Mateen early in the Pulse nightclub mass shooting on June 12, 2016. Forty-nine people were killed and dozens others were wounded in the worst mass shooting in modern AMERICAN history. Mateen was killed in a shootout with officers after a three-hour stand-off.
“It must be stressed, however, that the police respond to the attack followed protocols and best practices for hostage-taking,” said the paper, noting that people can debate about whether those protocols need to change.
In a statement, a spokeswoman for the Orlando Police Department said that the agency’s policies and procedures are continually updated. The statement also said that the agency modify policies and training are necessary after the foundation of the review was ready.