Police response on November 13 in Paris

This article provides some insight about police response to the multiple terror attacks in Paris on November 13. The highly centralized French police structure seems to have interfered with quick reaction. A lone police officer arrived at the Bataclan about 15 minutes after the attack began and shot one terrorist, but then was ordered to withdraw and wait for a specialized unit. One expert noted “Our police are not organized along local lines. Everything has to filter up to the central organization” and “We have a police force that is disconnected from the terrain.”

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