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The Effect Swatting Calls Have on Law Enforcement/ Active Shooter Related



Swatting calls pose a grave risk during active shooter situations, compounding the

already high-stakes nature of these events. When law enforcement receives a false

report of an active shooter, they must respond with the utmost urgency and

preparedness, treating the situation as a genuine threat until proven otherwise. This

heightened state of alert and the potential for ambush-style attacks significantly

increases the danger faced by responding officers.


Increased Officer Casualties A study by the Advanced Law Enforcement

Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center found that officers were 7.4 times more

likely to be killed when shot during an ambush at the outset of an active shooter event

compared to being shot while responding. Swatting calls can create these ambush

scenarios, putting officers at greater risk of being caught off guard and sustaining fatal

injuries.


Delayed Response and Escalation As officers rush to the perceived

active shooter scene, the hoax nature of the swatting call may not be immediately

apparent. This can lead to delayed responses to genuine emergencies occurring

elsewhere, allowing real threats to escalate unchecked. The confusion and chaos

created by swatting incidents can have devastating consequences if resources are

misdirected from authentic crisis situations.


Traumatic Impact on Communities Even when swatting calls are

ultimately revealed as hoaxes, the initial response treats them as real, traumatizing

students, staff, and community members who believe they are in the midst of a mass

shooting event. The psychological toll of such incidents can be severe, eroding the

sense of safety and security within schools and communities. Mitigating the risks posed

by swatting during active shooter scenarios requires a multi-pronged approach,

including enhanced threat assessment protocols, improved information sharing between

agencies, and severe penalties for perpetrators to deter this dangerous criminal

behavior.


Website: Perplexity.AI

Date: April 30 th , 2024

Bob Cooke / Lockdown International

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May 31

Hi Bob - Sir, I am inquiring regarding your basic premise that "When law enforcement receives a false report of an active shooter, they must respond with the utmost urgency and

preparedness, treating the situation as a genuine threat until proven otherwise."


It seems to me that you have proven with your three points in the article, that this course of actions by law enforcement agencies has more risks than rewards. Set aside for a moment, the movement/protocols/collaborative actions/etc. from a real attack; should the unverified (and full of yellow if not red flags) Swatting call be treated more like a bomb threat?


I believe (and you pointed out many of these, as well) society needs a holistic approach to…


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