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FBI Columbia Participates in Active Shooter Conference

FBI Columbia April 26, 2013
  • Public Affairs Specialist Denise Taiste (803) 551-4200

David A. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Columbia, South Carolina, advises on April 22-24, 2013, the Columbia Division of the FBI, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division, held a three-day conference at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Hall of Fame to discuss the ever-growing problem of active shooter mass killing situations.

“Sadly, no community is immune today from the impact of these events. When a shooting occurs, it is most often the officer from a small- or medium-sized department who is the first on the scene. Though these incidents are almost always state and local crimes, the FBI has played a role in supporting virtually every significant incident which as occurred in recent years.”

The conference was a great opportunity to share best practices and lesson learned from departments previously affected, as well as to discuss proven methods to help prevent incidents before they occur. It provided a proactive way for the FBI to engage with state and local partners to ensure that the law enforcement community is prepared to take collective action should a mass-causality crisis arise.

Topics covered included: who is an active shooter and pre-incident behavioral indicators; dealing with the 24/7 social-media savvy national news; supporting victims, including families and the officers involved; crisis management; evidence collection; use of IEDs by active shooters; and various training opportunities available to state and local law enforcement by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

All media inquiries regarding this press release should be directed to Ms. Denise M. Taiste, Public Affairs Specialist, at 803.551.4297 or by e-mail at denise.taiste@ic.fbi.gov.