Critical Incident Response Group

Critical Incident Response Group

Critical Incident Response Group

In line with John F. Waldron

about Critical Incident Response Group in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

The formation of the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) in 1994 occurred in the wake of the perceived and actual failures by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in its handling of a number of high-profile armed confrontations, including the shooting at Ruby Ridge in Idaho and the siege of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas. The concept behind the CIRG is to bring together, under a unified command structure, the various components within the FBI that respond to time-sensitive law enforcement duties within the bureau's area of jurisdiction. Although both the Ruby Ridge and the Branch Davidian incidents began as investigations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF-since 2003 renamed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives), the outcomes influenced changes in federal response to cases requiring multiagency, tactical response.

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