When Seconds Count
During the Binghamton NY shooting, SWAT did not enter the building for 45 minutes after the first officer arrived. The Binghamton police chief is rather defensive about that. He claims that those who had been shot would not have survived if they had received prompt medical attention, but of course he has no way of knowing that for sure. But current training doctrine calls for immediate entry by the first responding officer, not setting up a perimeter and waiting. But setting up a perimeter and waiting for SWAT was exactly what Binghamton PD did. How many lives did this cost? We will never truly know. Does HPD train to enter immediately? Does HCSD? I'd be willing to bet the answer is no.