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The Anatomy of a Response: Fast Facts on Police Responses in the United States

Domestic Violence/Work place violence

  • Family violence accounted for 11% of all reported and unreported violence between 1998 and 2002. Of these roughly 3.5 million violent crimes committed against family members, 49% were crimes against spouses, 11% were sons or daughters victimized by a parent, and 41% were crimes against other family members. (Bureau of Justice Statistics)
  • In 2012, 475 workplace homicides occurred, a slight increase from 468 in 2011. Since 1993, the number of workplace homicides declined from 1,068 to 475. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Active Shooter

  • There have been 84 active shooter events from 2000-2010
  • In 2009, incidents spiked up, and have remained there.
  • Of the 84 events studied, 29 took place at schools and 31 took place at a business or retail location.
  • 80% of the events happened at one location. 20% involved multiple locations where the suspect moved on foot from one place to another.
  • Half of the cases were resolved prior to police arrival. Most commonly they ended in susicide by the shooter.
  • Solo entry is dangerous for the officer. One-third of the time the officer is shot. Yes, a third of the time that an officer went in alone, he or she was shot.
  • EMS responses are delayed because it takes time for officers to give the all clear. Why? The report pointed out that when something like this happens, there are many different calls to 911 with varying descriptions, locations and sightings. The EMS national standard is that EMS workers will not enter scenes that are not secure.