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Multiple Police Forces Hold Active Shooter Drill At Fox Lane High School

Bedford Police recently held an active shooter drill.
Bedford Police recently held an active shooter drill. Photo Credit: Contributed

In the wake of the Parkland High School shooting in Florida and numerous "threats" to local schools made online, the Town of Bedford Police Department conducted an active shooter drill with numerous departments.

The drill, held Saturday, at Fox Lane High School, including officers from Bedford, Westchester County, North Castle, Pound Ridge and Yorktown police departments.

Fire departments included Bedford, Bedford Hills, and Pound Ridge. EMS agencies were Katonah-Bedford Hills and Pound Ridge Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

During the training, more than 50 police, fire, and EMS members, along with 20 volunteer victims took part in reality-based training to simulate an active shooter event.

Volunteers from The Harvey School art department assisted in creating artificial, lifelike injuries on victims.

Bedford Police Department has been hosting and conducting active shooter training on a regular basis since 2013.

In 2016 the training was expanded to include local EMS and fire departments as they have become an integral part of active shooter response.

"The partnerships between Police, Fire, EMS and local school districts allow us to provide the best possible training for our officers, as well as mutual aid agencies in the region," said Bedford Police Chief Melvin Padilla.

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