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Active shooter drill slated for Secaucus High School on Sept. 2

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The Secaucus Police Department along with other first responders will conduct an active shooter drill at the Secaucus High School on Thursday, Sept. 2.

No students will be on the property during the drill, though administrators and volunteer teachers from the Secaucus School District will be present to add realism to the event and improve the school’s emergency planning.

The scenario was developed by the Secaucus Police Department’s Planning, Special Events and Intelligence Section, under Captain Carlos Goyenechea. It will include a law enforcement response coordinated with other emergency responders and medical personnel during an Active Shooter event.

Improving capabilities

“Although the Secaucus Police Department routinely trains in active shooter response, I feel the effectiveness of that training needs to be tested under the most realistic conditions possible,” said Police Chief Dennis Miler. “Tactical professionals from the New Jersey State Police and the Hudson County Regional SWAT Team will evaluate and critique my officers’ response and actions during the drill, which will only enhance our effectiveness and maximize the safety of both the citizenry and our first responders.”

Residents should expect to see an influx of law enforcement and other first responders starting around 8 a.m. at the Secaucus High School and Schmidt’s Woods. Parents and residents will have no access to the Secaucus High School Complex on the day of the drill. Travelers should find an alternate route during these hours.

“Local police departments are the first responders in most active shooter incidents so it is vital that local police officers have the best training possible,” said Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez. “I commend the Secaucus Police Department for doing all they can to ensure the safety of the community they serve.”

Partnering with local law enforcement

The exercise will involve the Secaucus Fire Department, as well as EMS from Hudson Regional Hospital. The Secaucus Office of Emergency Management, Hudson County Office of Emergency Management, New Jersey State Police and Secaucus Department of Public Works will also participate in the event.

“Our school district is proud to partner with the Secaucus Police and Fire Department, as well as the Hudson County Safety and Emergency Management teams who will train in Active Shooter scenarios at Secaucus High School”, Superintendent of Schools Jennifer Montesano said. “This training not only provides those emergency responders effective skills in handling an active shooter situation, but it will aid in ensuring the safety and security of our staff and students while they are present in our buildings. We are honored to be part of a community that has departments that serve and protect its people so well.”

“While we certainly hope the training and protocols put in place to deal with an active shooter never have to be used, I am thankful that our Police Department is conducting the training, so they are prepared to protect our community against all potential threats,” said Mayor Michael Gonnelli. “I am so proud of the men and women of our police department who, in my opinion, are among the best in the Country.”

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