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DOJ to review Orlando Police Department response to Pulse shooting

OPD Chief John Mina requests after-action review of response

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The Department of Justice announced Friday it will conduct an after-action assessment of the Orlando Police Department's response to the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, at the request of OPD Chief John Mina.

“I commend Orlando Police Chief John Mina for his leadership in asking for this assessment,” DOJ Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Director Ronald Davis said in a news release. “The lessons learned from this independent, objective and critical review of such a high-profile incident will benefit not only the Orlando Police Department and its community; it will also serve to provide all law enforcement critical guidance and recommendations for responding to future such incidents.” 

Officials said the findings of the assessment should help not only OPD, but other law enforcement agencies that are forced to deal with terrorist attacks.

In the review, the COPS Office will assess OPD's preparation and response to the mass shooting, strategies and tactics and how the department is managing the aftermath, according to the release.

The announcement comes the same day that Mina and other Central Florida law enforcement leaders are telling a congressional committee in Washington the Orlando area's tens of millions of tourists should be given greater weight in determining which metro areas get federal money for preventing and responding to terrorist threats.