Route 91 Harvest Festival after-action review

Posted: July 18, 2019

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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's (LVMPD) after-action review (AAR) of the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting in 2017 details response to the incident and cites several challenges the department faced.

a man writes on the Vegas Stronger sign

These challenges included:

  • Poor radio reception.
  • False reports of secondary shooters.
  • General chaos as 22,000 people tried to flee.
  • An active shooter in a position of advantage.

1 October After-Action Review PDF 6.3 MB 164 pages

This comprehensive AAR details the mass casualty incident (MCI) timeline, the response timeline, training the department had already invested in, and more. Some of the report's 93 recommendations include:

  • Provide additional training, including live exercises on MCI, for leadership at the rank of lieutenant and above, regardless of assignment.
  • Maintain monthly meetings with key stakeholders in the tourism industry.
  • Provide response training to hotel and casino industry stakeholders as well as community partners, schools, churches and those supporting critical infrastructure.
  • Supply officers with training and equipment to mark areas cleared to prevent duplication of effort.
  • Compile and release accurate, timely facts and maintain a running chronology of information released (e.g., a fact sheet).
  • Explore the feasibility of establishing pre-identified locations — in proximity to officers working overtime at special events — to store weapons and personal protective equipment for a quicker response in the event of an emergency.
  • Establish an information technology team that can respond and provide support during significant incidents and/or MCI.
  • Create policy, procedures and protocols to meet the mandates for releasing public records in large-scale incidents and/or MCI.

Because of the sheer size of tourism in Las Vegas, it is an ideal city to create a set of best practices and recommendations related to incorporating the private sector, tourism stakeholders and venues in emergency planning. If your jurisdiction has tourism of any kind, be sure to go over the LVMPD's AAR.

For more information about this incident

See the Federal Emergency Management Agency's 1 October After-Action Report for additional recommendations.

Source: LVMPD

Active shooter/Hostile event podcasts

The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office's Active Shooter Podcast Series has two available podcasts focusing on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 3000 Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response Program.

The first is an overview of NFPA 300 and why it is relevant for law enforcement agencies as well as fire departments. The presenter discusses why NFPA 3000 does not recommend tactics but instead lists benchmarks to hit within your jurisdiction or department based on your specific needs and capabilities.

The second focuses on planning for victims of mass shootings. The presenter from the Department of Justice's Office for Victim of Crime explains why it's important for victim services personnel to be included in your planning, training and exercise programs.

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