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NYPD Study Examines Strategies for Dealing with Violent Shootings

By Ben Fractenberg | January 20, 2011 2:31pm
The NYPD released a report on
The NYPD released a report on "active shooters" at One Police Plaza on Thursday.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

DOWNTOWN — In the wake of violent shootings across the country the NYPD released a study Thursday on ways to reduce the risk of these violent crimes in the city.

The report looked at 281 shooter attacks between 1966 and 2010, finding similarities in attackers and ways to best defend against them.

"[Shootings are] without a doubt one of the most difficult and vexing events," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told 400 members of the private buildings security community at One Police Plaza Thursday. "We all saw the events two weeks ago in Tucson Arizona."

Police recommended employers install closed circuit television systems in their facilities for private security to monitor.

They stressed the importance of designated shelters: rooms with thick walls and doors and few windows for people to barricade themselves in.

And they want employers to have clear evacuation routes in the case of a shooting.

Some of the recommendations seemed to be common sense – like immediately calling 911 – but police said people often panicked and chose to call family members or friends first.

"Active shooting incidents are all about time," said Michael Riggio, captain of the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Division.

The full 180 page report is available online at the NYPD's official website.