Wednesday, November 14 2012 1:02 PM EST2012-11-14 18:02:23 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police quietly instituted the Multi-Assailant Counter Terrorism Action Capabilities training – or MAC-TAC -- after a privately funded delegation from Las Vegas and the Los Angeles PoliceMore>>
Metro Police quietly instituted the Multi-Assailant Counter Terrorism Action Capabilities training – or MAC-TAC -- after a privately funded delegation from Las Vegas and the Los Angeles Police Department went to Mumbai, India.More>>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 3:06 AM EDT2013-05-22 07:06:44 GMT
LAS VEGAS - The Clark County School Board appoints Pat Skorkowsky as the next superintendent of the school district. The board is in contract negotiations with Skorkowsky, but the details of the contractMore>>
The Clark County Board of School Trustees appointed Pat Skorkowsky as the next superintendent of the school district Tuesday night. More>>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 1:27 AM EDT2013-05-22 05:27:18 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are on scene of a shooting on the 1700 block of Karen Avenue at the Sonoma Shadows Apartments with an FBI agent being shot. This started off as an FBI Task Force InvestigationMore>>
Metro Police are on scene of a shooting on the 1700 block of Karen Avenue at the Sonoma Shadows Apartments with an FBI agent being shot.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:00 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:00:18 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Clark County students experience some the largest classes in the country. And while that overcrowding is expected to decrease by one or two students, the vast majority of kids won't see anyMore>>
Clark County students experience some the largest classes in the country. Although the overcrowding is expected to decrease by one or two students next year, the vast majority of kids won't see any significant change.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:05:29 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a crash involving a teenager who was hit by a vehicle. According to police, the victim was walking on a sidewalk at about 2:50 p.m. Tuesday near Tropicana AvenueMore>>
Metro Police are investigating an incident where a teenager was clipped by a truck's side mirror.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:04 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:04:36 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating the discovery of a deceased person in a home in northwest Las Vegas. According to Metro, a person arrived at the home in the 8000 block of Green Pasture AvenueMore>>
Metro Police are investigating the discovery of a deceased person in a home in northwest Las Vegas.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:55 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:55:25 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The ratio of students to teachers in the Clark County School District from first through fifth grade and the ratio of students to classes in kindergarten gradually improved toward the endMore>>
The ratio of students to teachers in the Clark County School District from first through fifth grade and the ratio of students to classes in kindergarten gradually improved toward the end of the last decade but worsened after the 2009-2010 school year.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:45:27 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The deadly tornado in Oklahoma is bringing back some bad memories for one woman who now calls Las Vegas her home. Stephanie McGregor is originally from Moore, Oklahoma and lived there whenMore>>
The deadly tornado in Oklahoma is bringing back some bad memories for one woman now living in Las Vegas.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:04 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:04:40 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas Urology agreed to pay the Justice Department $1 million to resolve civil allegations that it improperly billed Medicare, TRICARE, and other federal health care insurance programs,More>>
Las Vegas Urology agreed to pay the Justice Department $1 million to resolve civil allegations that it improperly billed Medicare, TRICARE, and other federal health care insurance programs, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said Tuesday.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:30 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:30:00 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- After his 15-year-old son was killed during a robbery last week, Ivan Arenas said he is trying to live the life his son would have wanted. According to police, Marcos Arenas, 15, was killedMore>>
After his 15-year-old son was killed during a robbery last week, Ivan Arenas said he is trying to live the life his son would have wanted.More>>
LAS VEGAS -- Security experts said Las Vegas will always be a tempting target, not only for terrorists like those who attacked Mumbai, India four years ago this month, but also for lone gunmen who want to cause maximum damage and the biggest possible media splash.
Las Vegas is an international dateline, is home to dozens of the world's largest hotels, and -- at any given time -- is packed with visitors.
Metro Police have quietly been preparing for a deadly assault. The strategy known as MAC-TAC is not only a new tactic, but a new mindset.
When two teenage boys went on a bloody rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. in 1999, the attack was still an anomaly, but these days, not so much. From the Sikh temple in Wisconsin earlier this year and the crazed suspect who turned a Colorado movie theater into a shooting gallery to the unhinged Arizona assailant who mowed down a crowd including U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords.
Metro officers Bobby Chamberlin and Bert Hughes are instructors on the cutting edge of a new police strategy that began in Las Vegas and Los Angeles and is now the model for the rest of the country.
"It seems like you can't even turn on the TV anymore without hearing an episode of an active shooter or a mass shooting happening," Chamberlin said.
Special gear and special training are being provided -- not just to heavy-duty units like SWAT -- but to every officer.
"We tried to push this program to the patrol guys because they are the first ones there on the scene," Hughes said.
Metro has factored in such situations as snipers opening firing from atop the Stratosphere tower or gunmen commandeering city hall or a Mumbai-type team cutting loose with weapons and explosives on the Las Vegas Strip on a Saturday night.
Assistant Sheriff Ted Moody studied the Mumbai assault and said every one of the factors that made Mumbai a tempting target is present in Las Vegas. The video of the killers going from room to room to murder guests has replayed in his mind many times, but with a Las Vegas setting.
"They want to do as much damage as they can, make it as protracted as it can be, and make as much attention internationally as they possibly can," Moody said. "This is a great place to do it."
Metro's chief MAC-TAC trainer, Sgt. Joe Martin, said he knows that it wouldn't take a full Mumbai-style assault to lay waste to the Strip. A single gunman with a devious plan can cause a lot of damage.
"Not only did it hit me that but could happen here, at the time I was surprised that it hasn't happened here," Martin said. "When we first started this program, it was the idea, this will never happen here. Well, it's happened everywhere else. Any given day, that could be us."
Metro requires every officer to undergo random MAC-TAC tests twice a year but it also stages elaborate, realistic role-playing scenarios. At a scenario being played out at Meadows Mall, bad guys run amok in the mall, killing people at random..
Alarms blare, smoke bellows, victims scream and bleed.
Cameras record every move for later evaluation as officers move in, hunt down the assailants and take them out.
Metro has developed multiple war game-type scenarios for nearly every major hotel, government building or other potential target in the Las Vegas valley. And the program requires an active partnership with firefighters and other first responders. The MAC-TAC training can never predict everything a gunman or terrorist might cook up, but the program is meant to change officers' mindset, avoid strategic traps that might be laid by the bad guys and react to whatever awaits.
"We train our officers in critical decision-making so as these events come towards them, they can make educated and tactical decisions how to overcome whatever is thrown at them," Martin said.
Now that Metro and its partner agencies have a plan in place, they want the world to know.
"If there is a group out there and thinks about doing something like this in Las Vegas, I think it's good for them to know that they can expect to see a different type of response here than they might encounter somewhere else," Moody said.
Could a Mumbai-style group get into the United States and acquire the weaponry to launch an attack? Metro officials told the I-Team that in light of the porous nature of the national borders over the past decade, it is entirely possible that sleeper cells are already in the country somewhere. The best we can do is to stay alert, hope the day never comes, but to be ready if it does.