This report focuses primarily on the Orlando Police Department (OPD) response to the terrorist attack. However, to be thorough and complete, the report includes the broader response of the numerous local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies; other public safety organizations; the City of Orlando; and the community. Reviewing every aspect of the incident, the response, and its aftermath allows for a robust discussion of how the decisions made and actions taken by the OPD and their law enforcement partners affected the response to the terrorist attack. The review identifies observations and lessons learned for the OPD, law enforcement agencies, public safety organizations, elected officials, and the communities they serve to consider in an era of increasing acts of mass public violence and a growing terrorist threat.
Straub, F., Cambria, J., Castor, J., Gorban, B., Meade, B., Waltemeyer, D. and Zeunik., J. (2017). Rescue, Response, and Resilience: A Critical Incident Review of the Orlando Public Safety Response to the Attack on the Pulse Nightclub. Washington, DC: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. https://www.policefoundation.org/publication/rescue-response-and-resilience-a-critical-incident-review-of-the-orlando-public-safety-response-to-the-attack-on-the-pulse-nightclub/