Shortly after the tragic Parkland, Florida, shooting, it was revealed that responding deputies formed a perimeter outside the school instead of going in to confront the shooter. Now, according to Fox News, the Broward County Sheriff's Office has identified the captain who ordered them to do so.
Despite training normally instructing officers to go to the shooter until they are stopped, Capt. Jan Jordan ordered the officers to form a “perimeter.”
Fox News confirmed with multiple sources that the officer who gave the command was recorded on dispatch logs as “Seventeen Sierra One” and was confirmed by the Broward County Sheriff's Office to be Jordan.
The Broward County Sheriff's Office explained Jordan's radio command, saying, "Captain Jordan asked if a perimeter had been established after the shooter left the building.”
However, law enforcement told Fox News that this does not make sense considering anyone arriving at the scene would be taking orders from Jordan and that what she said over the radio would have been considered a command, not a question.
“You don't ask for a perimeter over air. She is the captain. She is the leader. Who would she be asking?” one source told Fox News.
Fox News obtained the dispatch logs, which showed Jordan saying, “NEED PERIMETER” 11 minutes after the first shots were fired.
Jeff Bell, the president of the Broward County Sheriff's Deputies Association, saw the logs Fox News got its hands on and said that it looked authentic. He explained that if the logs were accurate, “this was the wrong command to be given.”
“Just come clean. Release everything,” Bell said. "Why not be transparent on this, so we can have the deputies stop being called cowards in public?”
According to previous performance evaluations, Jordan had high marks from her supervisor.
“She carries herself with a quiet confidence that others who work around her see and respect and has a natural command presence and makes decisions that are sound and all-encompassing, and has an excellent understanding of the agency's goals and objectives,” according to her 2016 performance evaluation.