Las Vegas PD Releases Response to UNLV Shooter

This footage, released courtesy of the Las Vegas Metro PD, shows some of the room clearing and response to the active shooter earlier this month (December 2023). The officers shown are heavily occluded in order to protect their identities. This censorship appears to be hastily done in order to speed dissemination of this footage to news outlets. Apart from moving in stacks down the hallways and clearing students and faculty from the building, we see the officers struggling to kick a locked door. Security impeding response is a paradox that costs time, and therefore, potentially lives as well. In most cases, officers are trained and eager to go with what they have, but this rapidity sometimes hits roadblocks. Should breacher training be made as big a part of active shooter response as TCCC? This video makes for a powerful argument in that regard.


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Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


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This footage, released courtesy of the Las Vegas Metro PD, shows some of the room clearing and response to the active shooter earlier this month (December 2023). The officers shown are heavily occluded in order to protect their identities. This censorship appears to be hastily done in order to speed dissemination of this footage to news outlets. Apart from moving in stacks down the hallways and clearing students and faculty from the building, we see the officers struggling to kick a locked door. Security impeding response is a paradox that costs time, and therefore, potentially lives as well. In most cases, officers are trained and eager to go with what they have, but this rapidity sometimes hits roadblocks. Should breacher training be made as big a part of active shooter response as TCCC? This video makes for a powerful argument in that regard.


About the Author

Author's Photo

Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

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