Research Participants Needed ASAP

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The Law Enforcement Survival Institute is supporting the doctoral research project of a graduate student in the Helms School of Government at Liberty University. The purpose of this research is to explore multi-jurisdictional active shooting incident communication. We we are looking for law enforcement officers who have responded to a multiagency response active shooting within the last 5 years; it can be from any form of department (tribal, municipal, state) as long as they arrived at the scene and experienced communication of some sort (radio, talking to other departments).

To participate you will need to take:
A screening questionnaire online (2 minutes)
A scheduled encrypted interview (45-60 minutes)
Questionnaire (10 minutes on their own time)
And provide an oral narrative (15 minutes on their own time)

Deadline to participate is Friday June 28, 2024

Please pass this information along if you know someone who meets these criteria.

Thank you for your help!



As a graduate student in the Helms School of Government at Liberty University, I am conducting research as part of the requirements for a doctoral degree. The purpose of my research is to explore multi-jurisdictional active shooting communication and I am writing to invite you to join my study.

Participants must have responded to a multi-jurisdictional or multi-agency law enforcement active shooting within the last five years (2019+) as a sworn law enforcement officer in the United States of America.

a. Responded involves the minimum of arriving at the incident location while the
scene is still active and officers are communicating with one’s agency or a law
enforcement agency outside of one’s own on the scene.

b. Active shooting involves the act of an individual actively engaging in, or,
attempting to kill people in a confined and/or populated area with a firearm.

Participants will be asked to complete an audio-recorded initial interview, complete a personal audio-recorded narrative, and complete a questionnaire. After the interviews are transcribed, participants will complete a non-recorded audio call for to confirm accuracy of the information that was recorded. It should take approximately one hour and forty minutes to complete the procedures listed.

Names or other identifying information will be requested as part of the study
but participant identities and identifying information, including departments, will not be

To participate please complete the screening survey. You can locate the survey by using the following link:

If you meet my participant criteria, I will contact you to schedule an interview.
A consent document will be emailed to you if you meet the study criteria. The consent document contains additional information about my research. If you choose to participate you will need to sign the consent document and return it to me at the time of the interview.

Amy Schissler (Researcher)
Doctoral Candidate
Helms School of Government
Liberty University

DOWNLOAD the participant information sheet by CLICKING HERE

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