MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Two Florida sheriffs are speaking out, letting parents know that in Polk County and Volusia, their departments will act immediately to arrest any shooter before they approach students.
Both statements come after officials in Uvalde, Texas detailed the mistakes they made in the shooting at an elementary school on Tuesday.
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Most importantly, police waited more than an hour to enter to arrest the shooter, as students and a teacher repeatedly called 911 for help.
“Of course it was the wrong decision, it was the wrong decision, period. There was no excuse for it,” said Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Texas law enforcement admits they should have waited no more than an hour to enter Robb Elementary on Tuesday as children were shot and killed.
Not only did they wait, but they also held back parents who wanted to rush while their children called 911 for help inside the school.
“She called 911 to send the police now,” McCraw said.
Ed McGovern, a retired local law enforcement officer who responded to the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting in 2017 and the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018, said he agreed. with statements from the Volusia County Sheriff.
“I would be waiting for that statement, that’s our job,” McGovern said.
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This is something we have tried to ask some of our local law enforcement officials. I can’t, they promise this delay won’t happen like Polk and Volusia County did.
CBS4 contacted Miami Dade PD, Miami PD, BSO, Miami Dade Public Schools and Broward County Public Schools.
It should be noted that earlier this week the Superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools and their Chief of Police as well as the Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools and the Broward Sheriff’s Office spoke to the public for the provide reassurance on general security issues.
It was before they or the press knew about the police decision not to enter the school and their admission on Friday that it was a mistake, so we wanted to ask about this issue.
The Miami Dade Police Department declined to comment, and we have yet to hear from the others.
“There is no law enforcement agency in this country that trains enough for this type of event,” McGovern said.
McGovern says it was an excessive wait time and it all comes down to a training issue.
“There hasn’t been a mass fire in a school in the United States since the 1950s. Why is that? Because afterwards we changed things. We have to approach it the same way with this,” McGovern said.
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McGovern said he hasn’t seen any change in the way shootings are handled since Stoneman Douglas in 2018 and that there needs to be a big change in how often agencies undergo training.