Riverside Police Chief Asks Department To Read Parkland Shooting Report

Bernie Tafoya
January 07, 2019 - 9:35 am

Photo provided by Riverside Police


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A west suburban police chief has ordered everyone in his department to read a lengthy report on the Parkland, Florida school massacre last year. 

"This report on the shooting in Parkland is a game-changer for law enforcement," said Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel. 

The 472-page after-action report by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission was released last Wednesday.

Chief Weitzel said there's a lot to be learned by the report and that he wants to discuss it an an all-staff meeting next month. 

 "There were some really heroic actions by police, no doubt about it, but there were also some failures there. And, they were large failures there and I thought the report addressed it," he said.

The west suburban police chief said no longer should veteran officers with "two to three years" until retirement be placed as school resource officers.

"We have to have highly trained individuals who have high level of skill when it comes to de-escalation skills, even firearms skills, self-defense skills," he said. 

Chief Weitzel goes on to say there should be a real emphasis on "de-escalation, but you also have to be a person that would take action, as demonstrated in the report about the police officer who failed to act."

The chief points out that Riverside-Brookfield High School is in his village, as are a number of grade schools. He said officers train for school shooter situations throughout the year, including with departments from neighboring suburbs.

He said he's going to have a check-off sheet for members of his department to indicate that they've read the report. 

You can view the report below.