Monday, April 06, 2009

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.

3 Comments:

Blogger Jean said...

A tragedy, to be sure. Ya just never know when some wacko is gonna come out of the woodwork. How ya doing?

April 07, 2009 6:26 PM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

Not too bad I guess, waiting to piss out another boulder (kidney stone)... So far no joy, but the pain has been tolerable, I haven't had to resort to massive doses of good drugs yet...

April 07, 2009 6:50 PM  
Blogger Jean said...

Yipes! I need some pep-pills or some very potent vitamins. My butt is stuck to the chair. LOL. Almost ready to move back into the house - next Monday, 7 months and one day following Ike. Whew - got lots of cleaning up to do following all the construction/renovations.

Hope you feel better soon!

April 08, 2009 6:02 AM  

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