In April of 2019, the Nebraska Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates brought retired Las Vegas Metro Police Sgt. Jerry MacDonald to Kearney, Nebraska for the 2019 State Conference to present on the Mandalay Bay shooting response and investigation (the presentation is titled “1 October”). A trusted colleague recommended Jerry to us.
MacDonald’s presentation took the law enforcement audience through the background of the incident, including the pre-planning LVMPD had in place to the post-incident investigation. Having someone talk about a situation where they were directly involved kept the audience’s attention throughout the presentation. Jerry had a vivid description of being called out to the scene, including the radio traffic and emotions, both tactical and personal, of what may lie ahead upon arrival. The tedious investigative issues related to the case were examined, as well as the horror of 58 fatalities and countless others wounded or injured in the aftermath.
MacDonald has a great personality that police officers and civilian audiences will appreciate. The Nebraska Chapter highly recommends Sgt. Jerry MacDonald.
La Vista (NE) Chief of Police
Nebraska FBINAA Chapter President
Our sincere appreciation for your 1 October presentation.
Your presentation covered everything we asked for . . . and more!
All of our 575 conference guests gave you the highest score possible on the conference evaluations. Some guests even added +++ next to your high score.
It was a pleasure to work with you and we look forward to your next presentation
at our October 2019 conference.
Law Enforcement & Community Liaison
Jerry MacDonald’s presentation on the October 1 mass shooting is stunning and after 35 years of hearing presentations I didn’t think I could be stunned. The blend of lecture and AV is spot on and hearing the automatic gun fire on an innocent crowd is something you will never forget.
The incident and events leading up to October 1 are covered very well and are a valuable case study for anyone or group hosting large events. The sheer number of false calls in the first few minutes from credible sources is amazing. MacDonald covers the massive crime scene, tactical response, communication and interagency cooperation.
Thank you for traveling to Iowa and presenting to the Chiefs, Sheriffs and command staff.
Chief Samuel Hargadine (ret)
Iowa Police Chiefs Association
Retired Las Vegas Metro Police Sgt. Jerry MacDonald shared his wealth of knowledge regarding the October 1 Mandalay Bay mass shooting from the personal level of an officer who worked the scene, “experiencing through the horror, real time.”
Jerry’s presentation walked us through not only the law enforcement response, but the surrounding healthcare communities’ preparedness issues for a mass injury/casualty emergency, as well as “lessons learned” including future plans to improve the quality and timeliness of care for patients involved in these catastrophes.
It’s safe to say, not one person was checking email or looking at their phone during his riveting and vitally important message. Jerry is a proficient presenter, and yet completely “down to earth” and relatable to both law enforcement and healthcare personnel alike.
This, unfortunately is now, and will probably always be, a timely topic and definitely a “need to know” issue for any audience.
We highly recommend Jerry and look forward to any opportunitiy to work with him in the future.
LeAnn High, RRT, MBA, CPHRM
Sr. Risk Analyst
Dear Mr. MacDonald:
On behalf of the New York State Police, I would like to thank you for participating in our 32nd Annual New York State Police Colonel Henry F. Williams Homicide Seminar.
Your invaluable insight and expertise was greatly appreciated by this year's attendees, and your ability to convey a vast amount of information, knowledge, and experience greatly assisted us in attaining our goal: providing the highest level of quality instruction on homicide investigations. Our attendees undoubtedly gained a great deal of valuable information and benefited from your experiences, as well as from your interesting and informative presentation.
Again, I thank you for your participation at the 2019 seminar and for taking time from your busy schedule to assist us. We look forward to working again with you in the near future.
Lt. Colonel Joseph A. Tripodo
Acting Deputy Superintendent
The Municipal Special Events Summit brings administrative and public safety municipal professionals from all over the county to learn best practices. We had the honor to have Jerry speak to our group. He was such a pleasure to work with! He handled talking about Route 91 with such detail, professionalism and also honored the victims. I heard from our group that it was the best talk we had at the conference. The group got to see the inside of the investigation and how panic is created, spread and lessons that could have been learned. I recommend Jerry for your next conference.
Arts, Culture and Special Events Manager
Office of the City Manager