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Holder calls for better police training
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Quote:With mass shootings on rise, Holder calls for better police training

PHILADELPHIA Frontline police officers need new strategies and more intensive training to prepare for the possibility of mass shootings, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday, even as another such incident played out hundreds of miles away.

While Holder took the stage to address the International Association of Chiefs of Police at its annual conference at the Convention Center, a student in Sparks, Nev., opened fire at his middle school, wounding two boys, killing a staff member, and marking the nation's 13th multi-victim public shooting this year.

With the number of incidents on the rise, local police departments can no longer rely solely on elite forces like local SWAT teams to respond to such high-pressure scenes, Holder told the police executives gathered from across the country.

"The reality is that police don't always have the luxury of time to get their most highly trained, best-equipped officers on the scene," he said. "To save lives, the first officers to arrive must sometimes be the ones to directly engage an active shooter. That's why all law enforcement must have the best equipment and most up-to-date training to confront these situations."


Holder's remarks and Monday's violence in Nevada came nearly a year after a gunman shocked the nation by opening fire inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., killing 26 and igniting a new round of national gun-control debates.

The incident at the Sparks middle school, east of Reno, was not nearly as deadly. But local police described it as just as chaotic.

The gunman, whose name has not been released, was found dead minutes after the shooting began. It remained unclear Monday evening whether he committed suicide or was shot by someone else, police said.

Holder said Monday that the annual number of mass-shooting incidents nationwide has tripled over the last four years, from an average of five a year before 2009 to about 15 a year since.

Before Monday, authorities had responded to 12 such incidents across the country this year, including a shooting rampage last month inside the Washington Navy Yard that left 12 dead and injured three others.

Since the Newtown incident late last year, Holder has became increasingly critical of the nation's gun-control laws. His office has also trained 50,000 frontline officers and more than 3,000 local agency heads on how to respond to shooters, he said Monday.

But despite his pledge of continued support for local law enforcement, not all at Monday's conference welcomed the attorney general's pledges. At the back of the hall, a handful of uniformed officers could be heard grumbling, "Three more years of this?"

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Quote:At the back of the hall, a handful of uniformed officers could be heard grumbling, "Three more years of this?"

Buy those men a beer!
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I hear that after this speech an order was placed for 1,000,000 new targets for police training.

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streaker69;122568 Wrote:I hear that after this speech an order was placed for 1,000,000 new targets for police training.

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That's not fair.....the bullseye is too small for a moving target!
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One criminal telling a bunch of cops they need to be taught how to do their jobs better....It's an upside down world.
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Seriously, when was the last time any cop actually stopped the shooter without wounding bystanders? These nuts usually kill themselves.
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Coops;122621 Wrote:Seriously, when was the last time any cop actually stopped the shooter without wounding bystanders? These nuts usually kill themselves.

Um.... western psychiatric incident, Pittsburgh..

Ogden Utah mall shooting..

Two that come to mind.

Oh yea... the navy yard incident.
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