, A pipe dream? How long would it take to assemble this team while a madman is killing innocents? , , S S a m raPID S r E D r mU cLINT SmITh After 40 years of training and prior experience as a police officer and SWAT member, today Clint feels strongly it’s still the individual officer who must have the skills to go toe-to-toe with a shooter. 22 urrent news reflects trying times for law enforcement working to address very difficult situations, all the while maintaining public and officer safety. Creating training and skills for complex problems like clearing schools or darkened movie theaters, and often having to do so in a timely manner, is tough. And timing couldn’t be worse considering many police agencies are reeling from personnel reductions, and other major budget issues. We really should be focusing on the smaller departments of 25 officers or less; they make up about 80 percent of US law enforcement agencies. Coming up with what’s needed, on extremely limited budgets — sound familiar? — I call it, “the thousanddollar show for ten bucks” syndrome. The vogue trigger acronyms, RMM (Rapid Mass Murder) are grabbing the headlines. We all know the more hype and press these acts are given, the more likely there are to be copycat incidents … those few crazy people looking for their 15 minutes of fame. Interestingly, a bit of research shows this type of incident is not a new thing WWW.AMERICANCOPMAGAZINE.COM • MARCH2013 c , ThE rESPONSE rEaLITy , When you only have four officers covering an 8,000-squaremile area, chances are slim you’ll even have a 2-officer response to an active shooter. How do you train?