Commander Who Ordered Cops To Stage At School Shooting IDed

The Broward County captain who was the supervisor at the shooting scene at the Parkland school shooting was identified.

Broward County, FL – The commanding officer who made the call for responding officers to “stage,” rather than enter the high school building where a gunman was murdering students and faculty, has been identified.

FOX News reported that Broward County Sheriff’s Captain Jan Jordan was the incident commander on the scene of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14.

The spokesperson for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office was cryptic in their responses to requests for information from FOX News.

However, they confirmed that “Capt. Jordan’s radio call sign is 17S1.”

The police dispatch log obtained by FOX News showed that “17S1” was the call sign for the incident commander at the scene of the carnage at the Parkland high school.

The log indicated police received a call at 2:23 p.m. from a female student reporting shots fired. More calls came in at 2:25 p.m. and 2:26 p.m. that identified the shooting location as “THE 1200 BUILDING,” also known as the freshman building.

At 2:26:56 p.m., the shooter was still firing, according to police who had arrived on the scene. “UNITS ADV SHOTS FIRED” the log read.

Responding officers still didn’t know where the shooter was at 2:29 p.m.

At 2:32 p.m. the dispatch log showed that the commanding officer on the scene had ordered officers on the scene to set up a perimeter around the school.

A few minutes later, the shooter’s location was still unknown. But at 2:34:48 p.m., the same commanding officer gave the order to stage on the Sawgrass side of the building, according to the dispatch log.

At 2:38 p.m., the medivac advised dispatch it wasn’t launching until the shooter was in custody.

Finally, at 2:47 p.m., 26 minutes after the shooter began his rampage that left 17 students and faculty dead, and another 14 wounded, the SWAT team entered the school building.

That was 15 minutes after the incident commander gave the order to stage, rather than sending first responders into the school to try to stop the rampage and save the dying.

Broward County law enforcement has faced much criticism and scrutiny in the wake of the tragedy.

The command to stage was itself contrary to the training the Broward County Sheriff’s deputies had received for an active shooter.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office’s standard operating procedures manual says that a “sole deputy or a team of deputies” may enter an active shooter situation to “preserve life" without a supervisor’s approval.

The sheriff’s office did not respond to additional questions from FOX News about Capt. Jordan’s decision-making on Valentine’s Day, when 17 students and faculty lay murdered, and another 16 seriously wounded, inside the freshman classroom building at the high school.

Numerous law enforcement sources have told FOX News that Capt. Jordan’s commands to stage and set up a perimeter would have been detrimental to victims inside the building because it would have stalled officers’ from saving the victims and preventing additional loss of life.

“You cannot disregard what Sierra Unit says. They are the commanding unit,” a police source told FOX News. “When she says she needs a perimeter, every other deputy responding to the scene takes perimeter.”

The Sun-Sentinel reported that the heavily criticized Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel personally brought Capt. Jordan onto his sheriff’s department shortly after he was elected.

Jeff Bell, president of the Broward County Sheriff's Deputies Association, called on Sheriff Israel to be transparent with information about the timeline and what exactly happened with command decisions on the day of the tragedy.

“Just come clean,” he said. “Release everything. Why not be transparent on this, so we can have the deputies stop being called cowards in public?”

The Broward County Sheriff's Office has said it is investigating the timeline of the day of the shooting.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has said it is investigating the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

Additionally, Florida Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi have called for a full investigation of what occurred that fateful day.

The Florida Senate has also subpoenaed the Broward County Public Schools and responding law enforcement agencies for all records and information related to the Valentine’s Day carnage at the high school, FOX News reported.

Comments (37)
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BLSupporter
BLSupporter

This discovery reflects badly on the Broward County Sheriff's Department, as well as other law enforcement agencies. People tend to lump together groups with similar shortcomings.

RunCop
RunCop

Yikes....you "sir" are a pussy!

bronx163
bronx163

THIS CAPT OF BROWARD COUNTY SHERIFF SHOULD BE FIRED. SHE COST PEOPLE TO LOSE THEIR LIVES.
I’ve worked in law enforcement for 20 yrs.
you do not tell cops to wait while rounds are being fired. You run in and neutralize the sob period.
I carried 2 guns when i was on patrol and extra mags. Always prepared for when shit hit the fan. Murphy’s law was always along for the ride on patrol. If you are scared to face death in the eye you have no buisness being a cop. Once you take the job you new you may lose your life. Death comes with the territory.

Swjw121050
Swjw121050

You are absolutely correct bronx 163. As a former police officer it makes me physically ill to learn that this hand picked ‘Captain’ showed such poor and cowardly judgement. Deputies especially Scot Peterson should have moved forward on their own to at least try to save lives. So very sad for those that lost their lives waiting on the very people that they depend on. 😡

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

Maybe some of the ignorant trolls, and even some apparent LEO's, on this site that were quick to call "coward" or, that they knew better, the day after this incident will now apologize? Maybe next time you should engage your brain. Leave the tactical discussions to those of us that have trained and dealt with these calls. Feel free to go back to the discussion the day after on this site. Look for the part about "not taking the fall for an incompetent Sheriff."

gwest77
gwest77

To bad the cops didn't have the balls to go in.

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

Too bad that you have no concept of how police work really is.

pyland
pyland

The 3 Deputies did what they were told to do......end of story. The blame lies with the Captain who probably is a great speaker at National Night Out.....Career Day...Town Hall discussions....and every other feel good program. I would bet her Patrol time is about 6 weeks.....Every department in this country has book smart promotes that should not be in leadership positions...this is probably a prime example.

Megalith
Megalith

Wow, he looks like a real winner.

mshduke
mshduke

I beg to differ. After over 40 years as a Deputy Sheriff (and being retired now for 18 months) I can assure all the non-LEO's out there that you are incorrect. While in my early years the accepted tactics were to wait for backup and secure a perimeter, all that changed about 15 years ago. We examined protocol and began a re-training program to cover these incidents. Regardless of who is first on the scene or how many, the primary function is to enter, find, confront, and terminate the threat. We don't stop to treat victims, we don't stop to stay with victims, we continue to move forward until the job is finished. We trained as 1 person, 2 persons, 3 and more person entry groups and under many different scenarios until it became 2nd nature. The entry group is in charge and no one interferes with their job.

gtrplr
gtrplr

Sounds to me like Broward county needs to step down from their "investigation" of this incident and let the Florida State Police take a crack at it. Cover-up is all we will see. Mistakes were made and we deserve to know the truth. Especially citizens of Parkland, and the concerned public as a whole.

lds719
lds719

I don't understand why these officers obeyed an order that was completely contrary to their training? When responding to an Active Shooter, we stopped this "staging" and "secure the perimeter" crap years ago. We've been trained to push, push, push, push, push, not wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. I hope the excuse, "we obeyed orders" gives them comfort in their old age.

lds719
lds719

While I agree 100% with your portrayal of the Captain, the blame lies with all of those at the scene and those giving commands. This was a group effort. As a group, they failed. Your "team" is as only good as your weakest member. The "coach" was the weakest and I bet, least trained of all of them. Those on the scene should have gone with their guts and their training.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Well she loks like a liberal doesn't she?? She should have ordered all cops present to go in immediately and not wait 20+ minutes before SWAT show up. Maybe there would have been dead but NOT 17!

JBo
JBo

It sounds a lot like this captain was a political hire. Just sayin'...........

Dang it
Dang it

Rough looking dude

Retired1
Retired1

Fear. Unfortinaet

Retired1
Retired1

Fear. Unfortunately that seems to guide leadership within agencies. The fear is what the media will do to them. And we all know that promotions are not based on skill. Ya gotta have one of these, one of those, and two of them. And when that happens you get people like this who can not make a decisions. And one the past two decades Chief of police hires are liberal and bowing to the masses. And they hire the same. You know there were cops on that perimeter saying, WTF.

sfurbish
sfurbish

She was one of three finalist for the police chief job in Tequesta, Fla. Tequesta made what looks to be a better choice however.

SeeEyeEh
SeeEyeEh

Using that logic, we would still be fighting the civil war.

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

@mshduke Your general historical/tactical discussion is correct and mirrors what myself and others have stated previously. However, should you not be a Deputy from Broward County then none of us know the actual training, administrative decisions and culture of the Department. This story clears up several questions that had been avoided by the Department. A "Captain" that is a political appointment for the feel good purpose of appeasing several disenfranchised groups with one hire, and an absolutely inexcusable order. My guess is that this "Captain" had made it clear to her subordinates the pain that follows the audacity of questioning her authority.

ForestJohn
ForestJohn

The blame lies with the command. A good soldier does not go against orders. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office’s standard operating procedures manual says the officers "May" enter without a supervisors approval, and to me that would be in the absence of any other order. Anyone who knows the rules of command knows that you don't countermand an order of a commanding officer to suit your own needs and feelings. This is no different than a soldier disobeying an order when being deployed in a firefight and doing whatever he/she thought was better than the orders given. Unfortunate conclusion, but Captain Jan Jordan owns this one...

PatrolLt
PatrolLt

Tbe Deputy should have been moving to the gunfire as he called it in. If he was already engaged then the captain making that order is moot. Problem solved.

lds719
lds719

I respectfully disagree. We are not soldiers, we are police officers. We are trained to protect and serve, not to kill, kill, kill, like soldiers. When you receive an order that countermands everything you have been trained to do, you have 2 choices. Your choice is a valid choice as long as you can live with it the rest of your life. Or you can choose to do what's right. And it is not a "need or feelings". It is ultimately a choice of right and wrong. Again, we are the protectors of civilians, not trained killers of people that the "chain of command" tell us to kill.

jweaks
jweaks

The number of adults who failed these kids, before, during, and after the murders, is staggering.

Katarina
Katarina

There is just not enough information that has been released to label anyone as a coward at this point. Even those of you with LE experience and training don't know the culture, atmosphere and training of this department. The Sheriff was way too quick to toss Peterson out as a fall guy to deflect criticism from himself. He did this before he even knew fully what had taken place. Peterson thought the shooter was outside, at least at first. Who knows what information any of the deputies had when they first arrived. Why has this entire incident become a political issue to regulate guns before any other cause is being looked at? Like the money that flowed into the school and Sheriff's Dept. from the PROMISE program. That has as much or more to do with the cause of this incident in the first place.

whillman2007
whillman2007

Desk Jockey making street cop decisions.

fergalchen
fergalchen

Weak dyke, get off the force. Woman cop always suck the worst!

MIMI1949
MIMI1949

and the SWAT TEAM is now being punished because this woman is an idiot or worse, and the men who she ordered to 'stage' rather than save lives, should have gone in anyway! I would have, and I am an old woman...

TopCop13
TopCop13

Pathetic. I bet their finger's are going to be worn out from all of the "overtime" they're putting in. The chickenshit Capt needs to join Scot Peterson and the rest of the crew and dissappear from LE

UAViator
UAViator

The Sheriff is a weasel, any surprise his staff models his behavior???

UAViator
UAViator

What a weasel response. No police officer in this country, except Coward County, would stand by while people are being shot no order needed, the law is quite clear.

SRTCaptain
SRTCaptain

As more and more details come to be public knowledge it is clear that the first deputy, the deputy assigned to the school for the purpose of being an immediate responder to the threat was a complete coward. He had no heart for being a LEO, he had no heart for the children, he stood by and allowed them to be shot, then the rest of the area LEO response failed the children who were shot by failing to get in and get medical assistance in as they cleared areas instead of telling them to wait as slow methodical searches were conducted. LEO's allowed children to simply lay there and die, to bleed to death without help, although HELP was there. Broward County Sheriff's Office from the top down are cowards, they have proven it. Considering the standards taught versus the actions of this office I hope there are major pay outs by this office and the Sheriff and Deputies personally for thier failure.

SRTCaptain
SRTCaptain

Forest John, military combat is no comparison. These Deputies identified where the problem was and stood down, allowing children to be killed. They are cowards, period. The policy allowed them to go, they chose not to, before being told to standby.