After-Action Review Library

NPF believes that some of the best lessons and improvements in policing can come from critical incident or after-action reviews, particularly when such reviews are completed with independent experts in a manner that places emphasis on learning and improvement instead of responsibility or fault. Critical incident reviews have been completed on major, multi-jurisdictional incidents and individual agency incidents and activities.

NPF was the first national law enforcement organization to create and compile a library of after-action reviews from mass demonstration, mass violence, and other critical incidents. Included in the virtual library below are critical incident and after-action reviews and reports prepared by the NPF and other organizations and agencies, through governmental and private funding sources. While compiling this library, NPF conducts analyses to identify common findings, recommendations, promising practices, and lessons learned.

For more information on NPF’s services, please visit our Independent After-Action Reviews of Incident Responses – Technical Assistance page. If your agency is interested in conducting its own AAR, you can view our guide on How to Conduct an After-Action Review.

NPF Mass Violence & Targeted Attack AARs

Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS AAR

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

Topic Areas: Community Partnerships, Policing Strategies & Operations, Police Administration & Organizations

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Orlando Fire Dept-Pulse AAR

After-Action Review of the Orlando Fire Department Response to the Attack at Pulse Nightclub

Topic Areas: Policing Strategies & Operations, Police Administration & Organizations

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Pulse Nightclub AAR

Rescue, Response, and Resilience: A Critical Incident Review of the Orlando Public Safety Response to the Attack on the Pulse Nightclub

Topic Areas: Policing Strategies & Operations, Personnel & Staffing, Police Administration & Organizations

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James T Vaugh Correction Center Report

Final Report: Independent Review of Security Issues at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center

Topic Areas: Community Partnerships, Policing Strategies & Operations, Personnel & Staffing, Police Administration & Organizations

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS AAR

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

Topic Areas: Community Partnerships, Policing Strategies & Operations, Police Administration & Organizations

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Orlando Fire Dept-Pulse AAR

After-Action Review of the Orlando Fire Department Response to the Attack at Pulse Nightclub

Topic Areas: Policing Strategies & Operations, Police Administration & Organizations

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Pulse Nightclub AAR

Rescue, Response, and Resilience: A Critical Incident Review of the Orlando Public Safety Response to the Attack on the Pulse Nightclub

Topic Areas: Policing Strategies & Operations, Personnel & Staffing, Police Administration & Organizations

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NPF Large-Scale Demonstration AARs

Crisis of Trust-NPF Report

A Crisis of Trust: A National Police Foundation Report to the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners on the Los Angeles Police Department Response to First Amendment Assemblies and Protests Occurring May 27 – June 7, 2020

Topic Areas: Community Partnerships, Preventing Crime & Violence, Policing Strategies & Operations, Personnel & Staffing, Police Administration & Organizations

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Charlottesville AAR_report cover

Independent Review of the 2017 Protest Events in Charlottesville Virginia

Topic Areas: Preventing Crime & Violence, Policing Strategies & Operations, Personnel & Staffing

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NPF Projects