Yesterday our police department hosted a regional active shooter preparedness exercise at Raritan High School. The scenario included a law enforcement response coordinated with other emergency responders and medical personnel.
The intent of the exercise was to improve the capabilities of the Bayshore Monmouth County Active Shooter Partnership, which includes law enforcement agencies in Hazlet, Aberdeen, Atlantic Highlands, Brookdale College, Highlands, Holmdel, Keansburg, Keyport, Matawan, Middletown, and Union Beach. The exercise also involved fire departments from Hazlet, as well as EMS agencies from around the Bayshore Region. Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management, Monmouth County Fire Marshal, Monmouth County Police Chiefs Association, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, and the Monmouth County Emergency Response Team (MOCERT) also participated in the event.
I think the most important thing that we can takeaway from this training is that we have identified tactics that worked, but more importantly what we can be doing better. We will continue to build upon those areas moving forward from here”, said Hazlet Police Chief Ted Wittke.
We would like to thank all the responders, many whom are volunteers, that attended this productive exercise. We would also like to thank our partners, the Hazlet Township Public Schools, who did not hesitate to provide the facility to train in. Also a special thanks to the Hazlet United Soccer Association who provided the soccer complex for the first portion of the exercise.
Lastly we would like to thank the RAINE Foundation who stepped up to provide food and beverages to participants on a very hot day.