The Burlington Police Department is looking to meet with the public to offer information about officer training, preparation and response in regards to mass shootings in the wake of the incidents in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas.
According to Chief Thomas Browne, the department will host an informational sessions regarding the recent school/mass shootings and their specific readiness to respond to such calls for service. They will have various members of the police department staff present to speak on their specific areas of expertise from the SWAT Commander, Special Response Protocols for School shootings, readiness drills, equipment overviews and various other issues of interest. The school resource officer(s) will be available as well.
“Our objective on running these sessions is to give the community a sense of security that the department has, and continues to train, on these very important topics,” Chief Browne said. “Department personnel have the necessary skills to respond in a timely manner with other necessary assets should the need arise.”
Browne said they will also focus on how the department trains with the schools to protect students.
“We understand that there is no population more vulnerable than our children in schools and we train constantly on our ability to combat active shooters in Burlington,” he said. “We have a great relationship with our school staff and continue to partner with the school administration to maintain best practices in the area of school safety.”
The information sessions will be held on Wednesday, June 15 and Wednesday, June 22 both starting at 7 p.m. at Grandview Farm. They are asking interested residents to RSVP by emailing Sgt. Tim Kirchner at firstname.lastname@example.org so they can have a count of how many people are looking to attend.