Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Primary Law Enforcement Mistakes during Initial Critical Incident Response and Timeline of These Events Anatomy of the First 60
by Norton, Travis, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 126; 10975168
Abstract (Summary)

Law enforcement is responding to an ever-increasing number of large-scale critical incidents involving an adversary who has killed or is attempting to kill innocent citizens. These incidents include active shooters, terrorist attacks, hostage situations, snipers, and other associated conflicts. The initial response phase of these incidents is an extreme challenge for law enforcement response organizations. Moreover, little academic research has been conducted concerning this phase and the issues occurring within it. This thesis intends to help address this gap in the research and provide important insight into the factors and dynamics at play during this time period with a focus on the major issues that are occurring. An analysis of 15 after- action reports from these large-scale events was conducted and used to formulate useful percentages on the primary errors occurring during these events. The results of the analysis were also utilized to create the framework for the timeline of the initial response phase. The ultimate goal of this research thesis is to provide useful information for these events by drawing attention to primary issues for future incident commanders and law enforcement first responder consideration.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Feldmann-Jensen, Shirley
Commitee: Heal, Charles, Jensen, Steven, Perez, Nicholas
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Criminology, Criminal Justice and Emergency Management
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Law enforcement, Criminology
Keywords: Initial response phase, Large-scale critical incidents, Law enforcement response
Publication Number: 10975168
ISBN: 978-0-438-64714-5
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