Editor's Note: This article was written and submitted by Chris Boyle.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano attended the South Merrick Civic Association meeting Tuesday and discussed the concerns of parents regarding school safety after the horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“I have been hosting seminars with the police department since I took office on the best practices to deal with an active shooter situation,” Mangano said. “Our police department is doing all it can to partner with the school districts to get us on a path to avoid such a tragedy. It’s an issue that we much stay vigilant on, because there’s nothing worse than a threat to our children.”
Nassau Police Chief Steven Skrynecki also spoke on the topic, addressing the high degree of training officers in his department have received to deal with active shooter situations and how police are learning to anticipate possible threats and stopping them before they’ve even had a chance to occur. This often happens with the help of the public sector.
“If you see something, say something,” Skrynecki said. “We’ve made many arrests because a citizen overheard someone making a threat and called us.”