Critical Incident Reviews

Critical Incident Reviews

The Center for Mass Violence Response Studies (CMVRS) has a well-established national and international reputation for the reviews it has conducted regarding the law enforcement response to mass violence events and protests. The CMVRS has built a strong methodology and body of knowledge to assess, evaluate, and report on lessons learned, best and emerging practices.

The CMVRS has conducted critical incident reviews of targeted attacks in San Bernardino (CA), Kalamazoo (MI), Orlando (FL), Parkland (FL) and Charlotte (NC).

The Center has worked closely with public officials and community leaders in Minneapolis (MN), Charlotte (NC), Washington, D.C., Los Angeles (CA), and Columbus (OH) to analyze the law enforcement response to 1st Amendment events and protests.

CMVRS staff and subject matter experts have identified policies and practices to improve the local preparedness, response and recovery from these events, shared best practices, and are focused on re-imagining the public safety response to critical incidents.

The Center’s critical incident reports, as well as those completed by other organizations, can be found in the NPF’s critical incident review library, the only resource of its kind:

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Featured Incident Review

Recovering and Moving Forward: Lessons Learned and Recommendations Following the Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

This report focuses on the importance of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS), strong inter-agency leadership and communication, jurisdiction-wide all-hazards emergency response plans and training exercises, and short- and long-term mental health strategies for first responders and community members. The National Police Foundation was asked to conduct the review, in part, because of its experience conducting critical incident reviews of the public safety response to the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando.