It’s all part of making sure that the Secaucus Police Department and other town first responders are as prepared as they can be in the event a gunman terrorizes the municipality.  This Thursday, November 30th an active shooter drill will take place at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, located at 355 Plaza Drive. 

The scenario was developed by the Secaucus Police Department’s Planning, Special Events and Intelligence Section, under the auspices of Captain Carlos Goyenechea.   According to Police Chief Dennis Miller, it will include a law enforcement response coordinated with other emergency responders and medical personnel during an Active Shooter event.

Chief Miller stated, “Although the Secaucus Police Department routinely trains in active shooter response, I feel the effectiveness of that training needs to be tested under the most realistic conditions possible.  Tactical professionals from the New Jersey State Police and the Hudson County Regional SWAT Team will evaluate and critique my officers’ response and actions during the drill, which will only enhance our effectiveness and maximize the safety of both the citizenry and our first responders.”

The town says residents should expect to see an abundance of law enforcement and other first responders starting around 7 a.m. at the Meadowlands Exposition Center and surrounding area.  It is recommended that travelers find an alternate route during these hours.

Aside from Secaucus Police, the drill will also involve the Secaucus Fire Department, as well as EMS from Hudson Regional Hospital.  The Secaucus Office of Emergency Management, Hudson County Office of Emergency Management, New Jersey State Police and Secaucus Department of Public Works will also participate in the event.

Previous active shooter drills in Secaucus have included the high school.