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January 2018 | Volume 11 | Issue 1

On Monday, December 18, 2017, the COPS Office released its after-action assessment of the law enforcement and public safety response to the Pulse nightclub attack on June 12, 2016. The shooting, which was determined to be a terrorist attack, injured more than 100 people and resulted in the loss of 49 lives.

At the request of City of Orlando Police department (OPD) Chief John Mina, the COPS Office and its research partner, the Police Foundation, conducted a critical incident review of the OPD response to the attack. The thorough assessment determined that the OPD and their law enforcement partners responded to the attack in a manner consistent with recognized practices. It also produced other significant findings, to include:

  • The tactical response by the OPD was consistent with the department’s policies, procedures, and training as well as recognized practices;
  • The OPD successfully leveraged existing relationships with federal, state, and local public safety agencies in their response to the Pulse nightclub terrorist attack;
  • OPD leadership prioritized the mental health of all OPD personnel following the response to the Pulse attack;
  • Pre-existing Orlando police-community relationships, fostered and sustained over time, enhanced the resilience of the community in the aftermath of the Pulse terrorist shooting.

Rescue, Response, and Resilience: An incident review of the Orlando public safety response to the attack on the Pulse nightclub is available on the COPS Office website:


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