- Associated Press - Monday, June 9, 2014

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - Long Island police departments have changed their tactics to speed up the response to mass shootings.

Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/1n1At31 ) reports that the approach provides responding officers with specialized training, better intelligence information and more tactical support.

Instead of waiting for armed SWAT teams to arrive, officers are being trained to run toward gunfire to stabilize the threat quickly.

Officials say Nassau officers also are being trained to enter volatile situations in smaller groups - one or two at a time.

Nassau and Suffolk police say they are also showing civilians at potential targets such as schools and shopping mall how they can help.

Similar approaches are being used by law enforcement across the country.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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