Bedford Police to Participate in Active Shooter Drill with the Bedford VA Medical Center

Bedford Police Department
Robert Bongiorno, Chief of Police
2 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA 01730

For Immediate Release

Monday, April 23, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Bedford Police to Participate in Active Shooter Drill with the Bedford VA Medical Center

BEDFORD — Chief Robert Bongiorno announces that the Bedford Police Department will be participating in an active shooter drill along with police officers from the Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center and other communities next week.

WHEN

Tuesday, May 1 at 8 a.m.

WHERE

Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, 200 Springs Road, Bedford (Building 2)

WHO

Members from the Bedford Police and Fire Departments, Bedford VA Police, Billerica Police and Fire Departments, Lexington Police and Concord Police.

WHAT

First responders will participate in a drill that simulates an active shooter situation at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford next month.

Participants will practice a large scale response from multiple communities, including how the hospital would be locked down, evacuation of patients and staff, how the shooter would be contained and neutralized, and how victims would be treated.

The agencies involved will also outline strategies for keeping the public informed during an incident. Patient care will not be interrupted during this drill.

“We want to make residents to be aware that this drill will be taking place so they are not alarmed if they hear what sounds like gun shots during the training,” Chief Bongiorno said. “It is vital for us as first responders to be prepared for this type of threat, as we have seen that this type of event can happen anywhere. I thank the community for their support and our partner agencies for helping to facilitate a drill of this scale.”

Drills of this nature have been conducted at the hospital before, but on a much smaller scale.

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Chelmsford Police and Fire Departments Participate in Active Threat Recovery Training

Chelmsford Police Department
Chief James M. Spinney
2 Olde North Road
Chelmsford, MA 01824

For Immediate Release

Monday, April 23, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Chelmsford Police and Fire Departments Participate in Active Threat Recovery Training

First responders conducted drills that emphasized both neutralizing an active threat and providing first aid in a hosile environment. (Courtesy Photo Chelmsford Police)

CHELMSFORD — Chief James Spinney reports that the Chelmsford Police Department — along with several partner agencies — participated in active threat response training last week.

The training, which took place April 17-20 at Parker Middle School, placed an emphasis on quickly neutralizing a threat and providing critical aid to victims. Officers and firefighters worked throughout the week to develop the skills they would need to help victims in a hostile environment.

For video clips of the training, click here.

“This exercise was a collaborative effort by the Chelmsford Police and Fire Departments to enhance coordination and communication between the town’s first responder resources,” Chief Spinney said. “Above all else, we hope to never need to use this training in a real scenario, but I’m grateful for the close cooperation of our colleagues in making sure that we are as prepared as possible.”

Trinity Ambulance and Greater Lowell EMS also participated in the training exercises, which were completed over the course of four days in order to ensure that all members of the police and fire departments were able to participate.

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Reading Police to Host Open House

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Reading Police Department
Mark D. Segalla, Chief of Police
15 Union St.
Reading, MA 01867

For Immediate Release

Monday, April 23, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Reading Police to Host Open House

READING — Chief Mark Segalla is pleased to announce that the Reading Police Department will be hosting an open house next month and is encouraging residents to attend.

WHEN:

Saturday, May 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE:

Reading Police Station, 15 Union St.

WHO:

Officers from the Reading Police Department

WHAT:

The open house will feature K-9 officers, SWAT vehicles and SWAT equipment from the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC), as well as equipment from the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office and performances by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives K-9 unit.

Members of the community are encouraged to bring their children to play in the bouncy house and enter the raffle for a chance to win a bike helmet. Additionally, the Free Masons will be creating child fingerprint kits for interested families and the police station will be open for residents to tour.

“Our department is always excited for these open houses every year because it allows us an opportunity to get to know the members of our community in a fun setting,” Chief Segalla said. “We’ll have plenty of great activities for both parents and children, and we hope everyone will take some time to stop by!”

The entire event, including food, is free and open to the public.

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Newport Police Seek Persons of Interest in Connection with Incident Involving a Gunshot

Newport Police Department
Chief Seth C. DiSanto
222 Main St.
Newport VT 05855

newport-vt-patchFor Immediate Release

Sunday, April 22, 2018

News Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 802-332-6821
Email: john@jgpr.net

Newport Police Seek Persons of Interest in Connection with Incident Involving a Gunshot

NEWPORT, Vt. — Chief Seth C. DiSanto reports that the Newport Police Department is seeking two individuals wanted for questioning in connection with an incident that occurred where a gunshot was fired.

On Friday, April 20 at approximately 10:15 p.m., Newport Police received multiple 911 calls reporting that a fight was taking place, a large crowd was gathering and yelling, and at least one report of a gunshot being fired at the Maplefields, 273 Main Street.

Upon arrival, police learned that the crowd had started to disperse and both subjects that had been reported to be the primary individuals involved in the incident had fled in opposite directions. The suspect who is believed to have fired a gun fled up Third Street toward Prospect Street.

Police began an on-scene investigation and learned from multiple witnesses that at least one gunshot had been fired after an altercation between two men. After an extensive search of the area, police were unable to locate any shell casing or the individual who fired the gun.

Police were able to locate the other male allegedly involved in the altercation, who is believed to have been the person the gun was fired at.

No injuries were reported.

Newport Police are seeking a male and female wanted for questioning in connection with this incident. The male subject is described as being between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing approximately 130 to 140 pounds with a thin build, dark hair, a dark complexion and wearing a black jacket and blue pants. The female subject described as approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall with a medium to heavy build, light complexion, brown hair, and possibly an eyebrow ring.

Anyone with information about these two individuals should contact Newport Police at 802-334-6733.

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