My wife is a LEO, and I've been posting off and on for the past few months (and bugging some of our members via PM) about my journey to set up an 'active shooter' rig for her. After much brain sweat, she's got one in the back of her patrol car. I thought a post about it might be useful to the LEOs who frequent these boards, as well as other folks who may have a need or desire for something similar.
Before pics, though, a bit of background on 'active shooter' situations as they pertain to law enforcement. Before the Columbine shootings occurred, it was pretty standard for patrol officers to basically surround an incident and try and contain things until the high speed SWAT guys showed up and took down the building/shooter. Post Columbine (and thanks to several other high profile massacres), the public has come to expect (rightfully) that the cops need to get into the situation ASAP, and that standing around and waiting for SWAT = a higher body count. Accordingly, most departments have implemented 'active shooter' training for their non SWAT officers. Basically, they get taught the techniques needed to clear a building and take down the bad guys, or at least get things headed in the right direction until the better armed and trained officers arrive.
An 'active shooter kit', then, needs to include the basic items needed to allow an officer to grab their longarm and go to work in a situation where people are down and the bad guys are trying to kill everybody they can, including the responding officers. Since the average LEO doesn't carry these items on their person on a day to day basis, they need something they can get out of their patrol car quickly, doesn't bog them down, but has the gear inside needed to deal with this type of situation.
Here's what I came up with:
The bag is a Maxpedition Remora, from their 'Gearslinger' series. Link with better information on the bag: http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/Rem ... -2p384.htm
I added a magazine pouch on the left, and the OD pouch on front is a spare magazine pouch with medic shears. This isn't a great picture, but you can see that I replaced the pull tabs on the zippers on one of the pouches with red tabs - - this is her first aid pouch. There are numerous zippered pouches on this bag, I wanted her to be able to rapidly identify her first aid pouch in the heat of the moment.
Pouch contents starting at the top and going clockwise: 3 extra boxes of shotgun shells, spare batteries for weapon light and EOtech on her AR, flex cuffs, spare AR mag, medic shears, 5x9 trauma pad, 4" roll gauze, izzy bandage, duct tape, tourniquet. She has total of 3 magazines for the AR on her person (if you include the one in the rifle), if she opts for her shotgun as a longarm she has a full tube, plus 8 shells on a sidesaddle, plus 15 additional rounds in boxes on her person. That plus her basic pistol load-out should give a fighting chance from a 'things that go bang' standpoint. The medical supplies are intended as a self-aid/buddy aid kit, not for general treatment of wounded civilians, although she could do that if needed.
Finally, a picture of her rifle setup, with carrying case:
Colt LE6920 carried 'cruiser ready' (magazine inserted, empty chamber, weapon on safe). Magpul CTR stock and MOE handguards, EOtech 512 optic, padded VTAC sling, Surefire 6P light on Vltor quick release mount (she works second shift, so she can clip the light on if she needs it, or leave it off), ARMS 40 BUIS, BCM Gunfighter Mod 4 charging handle. The case is a Spike's Tactical 36" soft case.
Anyway, that's that. This was a suprisingly difficult project. Thanks to all the ZS folks who contributed. As always, comments, suggestions, and questions are welcome.
ETA: Picture size increased - - thanks Alias and Mr. E. Monkey!