AUSTIN (Nexstar) – Documents show the chief of Texas’s top law enforcement agency said “nobody is losing their job” over the response to the Uvalde massacre that killed 19 children and two teachers, according to notes obtained by KXAN from a internal DPS captains meeting in August.
The documents show that director Steven McCraw told his staff that leaders overseeing the Uvalde region “have done what they need to do” and “left to take the moment,” according to the meeting transcripts. At the same time, McCraw acknowledged that the department will change protocol for active shooter response after criticizing the response from law enforcement agencies, at all levels.
“We had almost a hundred on sight [sic] and more on the way. The initial information was positive for law enforcement, but some turned out to be inaccurate, causing confusion,” notes the notes of meetings held on August 15 and 16. “We are not responding to critics in the media and politics, but relying on the facts emerging from the investigation.”
After saying that DPS would await the results of the agency’s internal investigation into their response to the Robb Elementary shooting, the notes outline that McCraw said, “and oh, by the way, nobody is losing their job.”
“However, it will change how we respond to active shooting events, as it should,” he continued. “We must continue our school safety program to be present on campuses when we can. Many schools are vulnerable.”
On Tuesday, DPS announced that five of its officers will be investigated by the Inspector General’s Office regarding their actions during the response to the school shooting. Two of those officers have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.