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Mangano to Host Active Shooter Seminar for School Officials in Wake of Newtown Tragedy


With security stepped up and families throughout the nation still on the edge after the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today directed the Nassau County Police Department to host its fourth Active Shooter Seminar on January 7th at 9:00 a.m. at Adelphi University for all private and public schools, as well as large corporations and hospitals. 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, “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. 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 is welcome to contact the Nassau County Police Department, Office of Community Affairs Office, at (516) 573-7360.