Woodstock Police: “Active Shooter” Drill Next Week

Woodstock Early Birds, we’re sure they’ll want their “space” to conduct their * DRILL *, but we thought you should know that Woodstock Police will be hosting some 40 law enforcement officers in an “ACTIVE SHOOTER” drill next Friday.

The purpose is for our own local and Vermont police to learn critical skills, both in technique and decision-making, in dealing with a lone gunman  (or several) in our public spaces — specifically Woodstock Union High and Woodstock Elementary Schools.

This comes in the wake of the Newtown, CT shootings and follows emergency committee meetings held by school officials with local police.

Woodstock Police Chief Robbie Blish told Village Trustees last night the *DRILL* will take place during school vacation next Friday so no children will be involved.

As  Woodstock Early Bird so (not so?) succinctly expressed it last night, we hope this information will prevent anyone “from freaking out.”

Blish says by having  Woodstock host the training, it means our own patrolmen and women will be able to participate and learn without further cost to the Village/Town.

If there is anything further you need to know about this drill, we’re sure Chief Blish will be in touch. Just a reminder, however, that “unusual activity” near or around schools next week  is only a drill and while an unfortunate indication of the times in which we live, most likely a prudent exercise.

13 responses to this post.

  1. duck and cover redux…?


  2. Posted by Russell Pejouhy on February 13, 2013 at 14:07

    Boys with toys, let’s hope no one gets hurt or makes a workman’s comp claim!


  3. Posted by Terry on February 13, 2013 at 19:06

    Give me a break. Neither one of you that has commented has kids in these schools, I do. I for one am for the training. If something should occur I would feel better knowing there has been training and the knowledge there to deal with this type of situation. Give law enforcement a break they are only doing good and staying one step ahead to help protect. I know enough to know that if something happened in this situation and they didn’t have the training you would have something to say about that as well. We may be a sweet, quaint little town however, we are not immured to anything happening and I for one would like to have law officials prepared for the unexpected that DOES HAPPEN IN SMALL TOWNS, LIKE IT OR NOT.


    • Posted by Russell Pejouhy on February 14, 2013 at 15:05

      Terry, I have worked at WUHSMS along with my wife. Our three children attended the school. The last thing we need are police in gear training in our public buildings. Let them do it at the police academy where it belongs. All the training in the world will not stop a tragic shooting at our schools. The answer is not more guns! Walk into either school and see who greets you or asks what you want. Both schools are sitting ducks for a shooting. We have brought it on ourselves. There are too many angry people out there. I think this exercise is a recipe for trouble. When you look at the layout of WUHSMS you will see all the possible problems with security. Let the school board study how better people could be protected given the facility and present a plan to improve the security at our schools. No one wants to see another Newtown. I question the wisdom of this exercise.


  4. Posted by Dale Johnson on February 17, 2013 at 20:32

    It’s nice that Woodstock is getting on the band wagon for training in the school or should I say response training to the school. Larger question is what training is going on and what actions are being taken to protect the School Busses that run all over the back roads. Attacking a school is old news, Busses are easy prey, setting ducks. What is being done?


  5. Posted by Russell Pejouhy on February 18, 2013 at 08:58

    I think that all this training is pretty much futile. Mentally ill, angry people will be with us always. Gun control starts in the home with safety locks or gun safes. Home grown terrorism can happen anywhere anytime. Are we going to live in constant fear? Paranoia strikes deep, into your heart it will creep… We live in a violent nation.


  6. Posted by Molly on February 18, 2013 at 13:29

    Russell: Your comments were timely and right on the mark. Anyone who has lived
    in Woodstock or nearby knows full well that you and Nancy have been educators and have taught in Woodstock for many years! Thanks, Russell for speaking up and so honestly as to what the “real” issues are.


  7. Posted by Terry on February 18, 2013 at 15:33

    We do live in a violent nation and its very sad…..Mr. Pejouhy you are all for education correct? then why not educate our law enforcement with special training that will help protect and service and pray that it will never have to be utilized. WMUR had an article on this very subject, Manchester law enforcement was training today at the local schools. Unfortunately no matter how much gun control, lock up and education there is about gun safety the people who want to harm will gain access one way or another.


    • Posted by Dale Johnson on February 19, 2013 at 11:56

      We do live in a sorry world,The Newtown shooting was a direct result of Adults not doing their job with the shooter. The Parents knew he was a threat and hid him and bought him a huge number of violent video games and plastic Guns to use with a large screen TV. The lawyers at the time of the parents divorce knew he was a problem and the reason there was large monthly payment to the mother to keep him. There were doctors who have treated him for years and they knew the problems and then there were the teachers and administrators in Newtown that knew he was a problem. No one wanted to get involved it was someone else’s problem. The problem was shifted to a group of parents.

      Now the CT Attorney General is saying they can’t release his medical history because of privacy. Once he went into the school and starting shooting his privacy was gone. He is allowing these people to be shieled from being brought to justice.

      The police are practicing to RESPOND but most likely it will be all over when they get there. 15 to 20 min to get peole there is likely. There needs to be people able to stop it on scene not 20 min away. Police repond and investigate they seldom stop a crime.


  8. Posted by Russell Pejouhy on February 21, 2013 at 20:28

    Pretty sad to think that Woodstock needs a SWAT team just in case. All the training and money will not stop the next tragic shooting. The very nature of our school plant and rural community makes us sitting ducks for the next sicko shooter. Sorry that the Land of the Free has ended up the home of the scared.


  9. Posted by Donna on February 22, 2013 at 18:08

    I don’t see how trying to be prepared can hurt.


  10. Posted by Russell Pejouhy on February 23, 2013 at 11:16

    You are right, Donna, it can’t hurt. Further thought by all of us needs to get at the root of the problem, not the aftermath. When bad things happen too close to home we all react!


  11. Posted by Russell Pejouhy on February 27, 2013 at 08:07

    Well the drill went off without problems. For those who have not seen our finest in training go to : http://www.necn.com/02/22/13/In-drill-Vt-police-practice-response-to-/landing_mobile.html?blockID=832607


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