Active Shooter Seminar To Be Hosted By Nassau County
December 24, 2012
Seminar Given for School Officials in Wake of Newtown Tragedy
(Long Island, NY) Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, in conjunction with the Nassau County Police Department, will be hosting their fourth Active Shooter Seminar on January 7th at 9:00 a.m. at Adelphi University. The event is open for all private and public schools, as well as large corporations and hospitals.
The announcement carries especially heavy weight in light of the fact that local school security has been stepped up and families throughout the nation are still on the edge after the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which claimed the lives of 26 children and adults by the hands of 20 year-old Adam Lanza.
An active shooter is defined as an armed person who has used deadly physical force on other persons and continues to do so while having unrestricted access to additional victims. This could include deadly physical force by means of a gun, knife, or other weapons.
Mangano expressed the mixture sympathy and horror that was being echoed throughout the nation in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, and explained that his number one concern was preventing any such occurrence from happening to the children and teachers of Nassau County.
“On behalf of Nassau County’s 1.3 million residents, I express my deepest condolences to the victims and families of the terrible tragedy that took place on Friday at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut,” he said. “While we all hope to never face such an active shooter situation, Nassau County is leading the nation in preparing school administrators. The safety of our children is of paramount concern and working with the Nassau County Police Department we will continue to advance preventative measures that enhance education and preparedness.”
The January 7th Active Shooter Seminar is open to all 56 public school districts, private and parochial schools, as well as colleges and universities in Nassau County, as well as large corporations, to advise of the police response that will occur should an “Active Shooter” incident take place.
While the topic is a sobering look at school violence and incidents such as the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Columbine High School shooting and the Virginia Tech shooting, school officials will learn the significance of preparation, early detection and maintaining close contact with the police department. The seminar will also explore best practices and compare law enforcement and school protocols. The goal is to ensure public safety by coordinating the County’s protocols.
Any Nassau County organization wishing to participate in the Active Shooter Seminar is welcome to contact the Nassau County Police Department, Office of Community Affairs Office, at (516) 573-7360.