New York Daily News

Updated July 22, 2016



Letter to the Editor from Pat Lynch

More protection needed

Manhattan: Having heart and a 9-mm. sidearm isn’t nearly enough to protect a police officer or the public in an active shooter incident (“A 9-mm. is good enough,” July 21). Sadly, retired NYPD tactics trainer Daniel Modell is dead wrong. Statistics and facts prove it. The majority of active shooter, mass murder incidents are over in five minutes or less. That’s how long it takes for specialized units to even arrive on the scene. Neighborhood patrol officers are the first to arrive and engage, and sadly, 47% are shot and 20% die, according to an FBI study. More lives can be saved if regular patrol officers have readily available ballistic helmets and vests along with adequate firepower to engage a mass murderer. We must equip and train patrol officers, the first on the scene, to deal with the threat if we are to save the lives of the public and our police officers.

Patrick J. Lynch , President, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association