Mangano To Host Sixth Active Shooter Seminar For School Officials Due To Overwhelming Response

Due to an overwhelming response to attend the Nassau County Police Department’s Active Shooter Briefing on January 7th, and in continuation of Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Police Commissioner Thomas V. Dale’s ongoing effort to address possible Active Shooter scenarios in Nassau County they have scheduled another Active Shooter Briefing on Friday, January 18th, 2013 at Adelphi University.

This program will examine the recent tragic events which unfolded in Connecticut and address the Nassau County Police Department’s procedures in responding to an “Active Shooter” situation should one occur. This briefing will include critical need-to-know information for Administrators and Facility & Security Managers.

With security stepped up and families throughout the nation still on edge after the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano had directed the Nassau County Police Department to host an Active Shooter Seminar on January 7th for all private and public schools, as well as large corporations and hospitals. As anticipated, there was an overwhelming response and the seminar was at capacity, which has led to the planning of the January 18th seminar which will be the County’s 6th Active Shooter Seminar.

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.

County Executive Mangano stated, “The terrible tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut has left many families, administrators and faculty feeling very uneasy. While we all hope to never face such an active shooter situation, residents can take solace in the fact that Nassau County is leading the nation in preparing school administrators. The safety of our children and residents 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 18th 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 is welcome to contact the Nassau County Police Department, Office of Community Affairs Office, at (516) 573-7360.