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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

Monday, January 28, 2013

U.S. Attorney's Office Taking Proactive Measures To Address Active Shooter Incidents

BUFFALO. N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that the
Western District of New York, which covers 17 upstate counties, is sponsoring three
upcoming training sessions that will address violent crime, in particular shootings, and
how it impacts law enforcement, schools and businesses.

"In light of the recent shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown,
Connecticut and Webster, N.Y., the timing of these trainings couldn’t be better," said
U.S. Attorney Hochul. "As someone who has worked directly with our local police and
federal agencies for the past three decades, the public needs to know that our law
enforcement officers are well trained and dedicated when it comes to handling these
highly volatile situations. Nevertheless, we must continue to be proactive and do all we
can do to educate and prepare not only members of law enforcement, but also the public."

The first training, "Street Survival and Officer Safety," is scheduled for February
8, 2013. Organized specifically for members of law enforcement, this training will focus
on three case studies which involved the death or serious injuries of police officers and
the safety training that followed these incidents. This training is co-sponsored by the U.S.
Attorney's Office, Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes organized Crime Law Enforcement
Network (MAGLOCLEN), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Hilbert College.

On March 15, 2013, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, together with the United States
Secret Service, The University at Buffalo, and the National Center for Missing and
Exploited Children, will co-sponsor the 10th Annual Safe Schools Initiative Seminar. This all day program, entitled "Understanding Human Aggression and Violence, and
Making Our Schools Safe," is designed for school officials and officers, and will feature
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, one of the world's foremost experts in the field of human
aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime.

Finally, the U.S. Attorney's Office, along with other local police agencies, are in
the planning stages of a training to be held in April that will focus on active shooters in a
business environment. The goal of the training is to educate employees and owners of
local businesses and equip them with the tools needed to be protect their staff and
operations from a violent crime incident.

"By partnering with law enforcement, the education and business communities on
a topic as important as active shooter, I believe we can better protect the public and each
other from the many challenges such a scenario presents,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul.

“While no one solution exists which will eliminate all violent crime, by collectively
discussing and implementing best practices, we will all be in a better position to ensure
that the proper steps are taken to both prevent, and address, such dangerous situations if
they ever present themselves again."

For more information about these trainings, please contact Public Affairs Officer
Barbara Burns at 716-842-5817.

Updated November 18, 2014