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Superintendent Nolan: SCPD Will Use Sachem Grounds For Training

Suffolk Police will use district buildings to run preparedness drills in wake of Newtown shootings.

Sachem Superintendent James Nolan said that members of the Suffolk County Police Department will be using Sachem grounds to run practice drills in the event of an incident such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre last month.

In an exclusive interview with Patch, Nolan said the police will be using various facilities "in the very near future," adding that his meeting with police is part of an ongoing line of communication between the school and law enforcement on how to increase security in light of the Newtown tragedy.

"We took many of the suggestions we got from members of the school and members of the community and shared them with the police," Nolan said. "They made a lot of suggestions in addition to what we have already in place, such as security at every building, buzzers on the doors." Nolan stopped short of specifics, stating that it would be counterproductive to the purpose of shoring up school security from outside threats.

Nolan said the drills will focus on responding to an attack similar to last month's mass shooting by Adam Lanza at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lanza shot and killed 26 people, including 20 children before turning the gun on himself.

According to Nolan he believes the first drill will take place on Sachem grounds on a weekend, and drills will not be taking place during normal school hours. A recorded phone message will be going out to residents of the district before the first training exercise.

Nolan also confirmed that he and members of the Board of Education will be discussing school security at next Wednesday's general board meeting. Public comment is available at all general meetings. The January 16 meeting will be held at the board room attached to Samoset Middle School at 7:30 p.m., its usual time.

Scott Cohen January 11, 2013 at 01:44 AM
You mean ADAM LANZA...
Anthony Tocci January 11, 2013 at 04:19 AM
I very much appreciate the SCPD and the work they do to REACT to a tragedy. But it's up to Sachem to put PROACTIVE security in place so tragedies are prevented in the first place!!!
Chris Morgan January 11, 2013 at 07:04 AM
I always support anything Jim does he was a great principle he is a great super, unfortunatley from experience the security in those schools couldn't handle a fight between freshman let alone a gunman. Honestly the safest i ever felt in school was around the bigger teachers and Nolan himself. And unless someone was attacking the parking lot of a firehouse, the scpd would be no where in sight. Take a drive past any firehouse and count the cop cars and see exactly what your taxes pay for.
bigmomma January 11, 2013 at 03:03 PM
I find the hs security ridiculous- the car sitting in front- empty half the time - doesn't keep kids in or public out. I have to show Id in school when I am already in and down the hall . There are so many drugs and weapons in that school from what my children tell me. Drugs are the norm. Meanwhile the elementary school next door has not one security guard . Scary
SK January 11, 2013 at 06:30 PM
I agree with bigmomma, As my children who attend Sachem are bullied we were told that they do not have enough security to help us. Yup that's right that's what we were told. So in a major situation our children will be left to defend themselves. What a shame. Sachem parents need to get angry and banned together for a change.
HMS January 11, 2013 at 09:26 PM
why isn't the security guards that are used in the schools have some type of law enforcement background? i know mine doesn't!!. so if a EDP is comes to the school with a gun what protection is the security guard giving?
LORI January 11, 2013 at 11:27 PM
THE ONLY WAY TO PREVENT OR EVEN TRY TO STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING IS TO HAVE ARMED SECURITY GUARDS OR POLICE OFFICERS IN EVERY SCHOOL. AS MUCH AS KNOW ONE WANTS TO HEAR THIS THAT IS THE CLOSEST WE WILL GET OUR KIDS BEING SAFE FROM GUN VIOLENCE AND EVERYTHING SHOULD BE DONE TO INSURE THIS.
Leo Lehman Jr. January 12, 2013 at 05:40 PM
if your kids know about all these drugs and weapons why aren't you or your kids reporting it?
Leo Lehman Jr. January 12, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Chris, North was a safe place, stop exaggerating and realize there were only a few fights every year.. Security did a fine job handling & defusing most of the situations which occurred.. And you don't know anything about Taxes!!! the police are sitting around outside the firehouse because we live in a relatively safe area
Brian January 15, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Habit 1: Be Proactive. Still no 'phone call home' to parents about the SCPD training on school grounds. District should have notified parents FIRST, then let the media report on this story. Sachem can do anything proactively.

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