Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano will join with United States Congressman Peter T. King, and InfraGard – a public-private partnership with the FBI, to host an important briefing regarding best practices in dealing with “Active Shooters” or other security incidents in places of worship and public facilities. 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.
“In this day and age we must be prepared to detect and fight both foreign and domestic terrorism. As the Jewish high holidays approach, Nassau Police are on a heighten security protocol. In order to increase preparedness, I have launched an active shooter training seminar so religious leaders andschool administrators are prepared to respond should they be confronted with an active shooter situation,” stated County Executive Mangano.
“Intelligence, state-of-the-art technology and expert policing are essential to safeguarding our committees and houses of worship,” added Congressman King.
County Executive Mangano has hosted several meetings regarding a variety of law enforcement/education initiatives such as active shooter demonstrations in schools. Future briefings will explore best practices and compare law enforcement and school protocols. The goal is to ensure that the County’s protocols are coordinated so that they collectively provide the best outcome for public safety.
This forum comes as we approach the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, and on the heels of an active-shooter situation outside the Empire State Building. It will include presentations by the Nassau County Police Department’s intelligence and counter-terrorism teams; and the Department of Homeland Security, and will include critical need-to-know information for religious leaders and others working in religious institutions. The flagship event aims to educate people about preventing, deterring and responding to such incidents, and will include a question and answer period with a panel of security experts.