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In Bedford, active shooter training for area police officers
Police officers lead “hostages” away from Bedford High School during the active shooter exercise on April 28. Even though they appear to be hostages, police use caution in case a suspect is among the survivors. (Susan Clark PHOTO)
Bedford police and about 35 members of the New Boston, Goffstown, Manchester, Merrimack, Londonderry, Hillsborough County and New Hampshire State Police departments were armed with orange or blue rubber rifles as they strategically converged on the school campus. The goal was to stop a shooter from harming students and staff.
"Once police are involved, they handle the criminal activity and we follow their lead," said Superintendent-elect Chip McGee. "We would communicate with parents and tell them as much as we can as soon as we can, and get the kids and families back together as soon as possible."
Students take part in routine lock-down drills and are told to shelter in place. However, in a real incident students could react to get out of danger.
Bedford Lt. Michael Bernard said more training allows police to be better prepared to handle an actual active shooter.
Goffstown police Lt. Keith Chauvette said he and other members of the department have taken part in smaller scale exercises involving active shooters, including training within a town building.
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