Critical Incident Reviews

Critical Incident Reviews

The National Police Foundation has a long history of focusing resources on conducting independent critical incident reviews of major incidents and has built a strong methodology and body of knowledge to review, assess, evaluate, and report on lessons learned as well as the prevention, response and recovery from mass violence events. Among the various reviews conducted, the Center will build on the insights developed during reviews of mass violence attacks such as the Christopher Dorner shootings, the San Bernardino terrorist attack, Kalamazoo mass shootings, the Pulse Nightclub attack; and, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting ( to identify lessons learned and promising practices.

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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.