One of the members of my range is a police chief in a nearby town.
Of course, someone asked him about Uvalde.
He cannot understand what the cops were thinking, how this debacle happened, and how the failures happened.
He didn’t want to be an armchair quarterback, and pointed out that he wasn’t there…… BUT:
His training (and, apparently the standard for most officers and jurisdictions in the area) is that in a school shooting or other active shooter situation is that the first two officers go in. If only one is available, he goes in BY HIMSELF if backup is more than 3 minutes away. No matter what.
He feels that this debacle at Uvalde will set relations with police in smaller towns back badly. That people will no longer believe that police are protectors, and are just ticket writers, rather than sheepdogs.
He is disgusted, not only with the leadership of the Uvalde police, but with the officers who didn’t do what they should have immediately, before the on-scene commander issued orders otherwise…(Or even after).
He did point out that, in his opinion, most officers coming into the force in the past 15 years lack initiative, critical thinking, adaptability, and the ability to adapt without orders….In other words, the younger officers will wait for orders and follow them even if the training tells them otherwise.
But he feels that this was a failure in every way. He is disgusted.