DOJ Releases a Critical Incident Review of Robb Elementary Mass Shooting


After the May 24, 2022 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it would conduct a Critical Incident Review (CIR) of law enforcement response to the incident at the request of Mayor Don McLaughlin. The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), supported by a team of experts in various fields like emergency management, active shooter response, incident command, and more, conducted this CIR. The DOJ’s recently published report, Critical Incident Review: Active Shooter at Robb Elementary School, aims not only to assess the events surrounding the tragic incident but also to provide guidance for the future. The team meticulously gathered and examined over 14,100 pieces of data including documents, photographs, interview records, and personnel records to conduct the most thorough review possible.

This comprehensive review is organized into the following areas of focus:

  • Incident Timeline Reconstruction
  • Tactics and Equipment
  • Leadership, Incident Command, and Coordination
  • Post-Incident Response and Coordination
  • Public Communications During and Following the Crisis
  • Trauma and Support Services
  • School Safety and Security
  • Pre-Incident Planning and Preparation

COPS emphasizes that the CIR is “intended to help honor the victims and survivors of the Robb Elementary School tragedy.” Rather than worsening an already tragic situation, the report’s purpose is to provide an independent accounting of that day, with accuracy being a top priority. Helping to identify generally accepted practices for effective law enforcement response to shootings is crucial to improving gaps and deficiencies.

“We honor the victims, survivors, and all those impacted with this report. The bravery of the survivors and the lost voices of those murdered on May 24 should be a call to action for our nation’s communities.”

For more information, check out HSDL’s In Focus topics on Active Shooters and School Violence.


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