Capt. Jan Jordan, who was in
charge during the deadly Parkland school shooting, has faced criticism
for the agency's response to the massacre
By Nicholas Nehamas
PARKLAND, Fla. — The city of Parkland wants to
replace the Broward Sheriff's Office commander who led the agency's
response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
a statement, Parkland City Manager Bob Payton said he has asked BSO to
replace Capt. Jan Jordan with a commander who holds the rank of major as
part of a series of changes to the way Parkland is policed.
“In coordination with this comprehensive public safety evaluation
process, I have proactively requested that Sheriff Scott Israel provide
three recommendations to fulfill the upgraded role of Major,” Payton
said. “Capt. Jordan has provided great leadership to the City of
Parkland and I am truly thankful for her service."
Jordan was in charge when Nikolas Cruz attacked the school on Feb. 14, killing 17 people in a span of just six minutes.
of her deputies, most infamously the school resource officer, Scot
Peterson, were unable to locate where the shooting was happening. That
wasn't the only problem with how law enforcement handled the situation:
Jordan also faced criticism from special teams of Coral Springs
paramedics who were not allowed into the school to treat victims because
Cruz was still on the loose, even though they had been trained to
operate in active shooter situations. One Coral Springs deputy fire
chief said Jordan's command post was too crowded and chaotic to function
effectively. And radio logs show Jordan focusing on ordering her
deputies to set up a perimeter rather than enter the school and find
Cruz or help victims.
But a Thursday news release from Parkland
mentions none of that. Instead, the city says it has hired a private
firm, the Center for Public Safety Management, to evaluate its contract
with BSO to provide law enforcement services, as well as related issues
like how the city handles 911 calls. The 911 system complicated the
response to the rampage because frantic calls made on cellphones from
the school went to neighboring Coral Springs instead of BSO, the agency
responsible for policing Parkland.
The BSO contract expires Sept. 30, 2019. The city commission voted to bring on the firm Wednesday night.
an interview with the Miami Herald Thursday, Payton said BSO had agreed
to the request to replace Jordan, although it's not clear when the
change will happen. He said Parkland city leaders and residents are
"looking for more services from BSO," especially for heightened security
in public parks and additional school resource officers.
"We’re focused on moving forward and making sure the community feels safe and building that trust back," Payton said.
declined to comment specifically on how Jordan handled the shooting and
would not say whether the city's decision was in part tied to her
performance, pointing to the ongoing state investigations into law
"This wasn’t one person," Payton said. "There were multiple failures."
Coleman-Wright, a spokeswoman for BSO, said the move was "Parkland's
decision." Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky did not immediately
respond to a request for comment.
Jordan, who has served as
Parkland district commander since March 2017, could not be reached. She
had been on the shortlist for the police chief job in Tequesta before
the shooting. And she's not the only one whose career has been altered
by the tragedy at Parkland. Peterson resigned and retired after it
became clear he didn't go into the building where students and staff
were dying. And two Stoneman Douglas security monitors on duty that day
have also been reassigned after the fathers of two murdered victims said
they asked for them to be fired, according to the Sun Sentinel.