Pulse Response Review from Dept of Justice

This week, the U.S. Department of Justice released the results of a review into the actions of first-responders into the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

The shooting, at the time the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, took place June 12, 2016.

In the massacre, 49 people were killed and scores of others were wounded.

Later that summer, Orlando Police Chief John Mina requested the review from the federal authorities.

The review examined how police officers, sheriff's deputies, fire-rescue personnel and others responded to the shooting.

Overall, the results were positive.

The report gave high marks for training that first-responders went through as part of their overall preparedness; training they got before anyone could have realized they would need to put it to such a use.

Justice Department officials also gave commendations for the speed with which officials were able to effect rescues, as well as to the social media structure that kept the public aware of developments both during and after the shooting.

Officials noted there were also areas where there was room for improvement. 

According to the report, there was too much of a rush to show up at the scene, and not enough delineation of roles and responsibilities early on.

Chief Mina said the praise was welcome, but the critique would create a valuable tool to improve performance should the Greater Orlando area ever be faced with a tragedy of similar magnitude in the future.

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