BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. -- An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area, and recent active shooter incidents have emphasized the need for a coordinated response by law enforcement and informed individuals to save lives.
The Bergen County Sheriff Office (BCSD) is committed to working with its partners to protect schools, workplaces, houses of worship, transportation centers, other public gathering sites, and communities.
Local and state law enforcement agencies are virtually always the first ones on the scene, and creating a contingency plan to respond to active shooter incident is paramount.
The Bergen County Sheriff Office has the emergency apparatus to respond to every major incident and has much to offer in terms of capacity, expertise, specialized capabilities, training, and resources before and after an incident occurs.
The successful prevention of these active shooter incidents lies with a wide range of public and private entities all working together.
To that end, the BCSD provides operational, threat assessment and threat management services to help detect and prevent acts of targeted violence, helping academic, mental health, business, community, law enforcement, and government entities recognize and disrupt potential active shooters who may be on a trajectory toward violence.
The BCSD Homeland Security continues its research to identify indicators that could signal potential violent intent.
We have posted on our website the U.S. Department of Homeland Security “Active Shooter: How To Respond Booklet”, which offers suggestions on recognizing and responding to active shooters in your vicinity.
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