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Florida plans to train law enforcement to identify mass shooters before they act

Posted at 7:25 AM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 07:26:00-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla -- Governor Ron DeSantis wants to train Florida law enforcement officers to be able to spot potential mass shooters before they act.

The Parkland school shooting was top of mind as DeSantis made the announcement Wednesday, alongside the FDLE and a parent of one of the victims.

Florida will be the first state in the nation to roll out a plan like this. The curriculum will first be introduced to police academies, followed by existing officers, deputies and all law enforcement executives.

The Governor and FDLE said that often times people planning mass shootings show signs, either with things they say to family and friends or posts on social media. However, the problem is people simply don't know what to do with that information before it's too late.

"Once it happened, it seemed like almost everyone in the school knew exactly it was this kid," said Governor Ron Desantis in regards to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

"We find out after every one of these incidents that they told someone or they posted something on social media. 86% of the time there's leakage in these cases. It's just people don't know what to do with the information they have," said Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Richard Swearingen.

Plans are for Florida to start implementing the program in July.