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Go Inside Brick PD's Movie Theater Active Shooter Drill

Photos, videos show department's training drill as it went down last month

Brick police officers simulate an active shooter response at the AMC Loew's theater at Brick Plaza. (Credit: Brick PD)
Brick police officers simulate an active shooter response at the AMC Loew's theater at Brick Plaza. (Credit: Brick PD)
Brick police drilled at the AMC Loew's movie theater at Brick Plaza last month, simulating the department's response to an incident involving an active shooter there.

Police Chief Nils R. Bergquist said the training consisted of officers responding to dispatched simulated calls for assistance from the movie theater, then upon arrival, tracking down and stopping roleplayers who were portraying the gunmen.

The department, Bergquist said, has practiced active shooter drills for years, mainly in township schools. But the movie theater drill came after the July 2012 mass shooting incident at a theater in Colorado, when a gunman opened fire during a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises."

In that incident, a gunman, dressed in tactical clothing, set off tear gas grenades and shot into the audience with multiple firearms, killing 12 people and injuring 70 others.

"In an effort to afford the most effective response and protection for the citizens of Brick Township and visitors to our town, our training unit was able to secure a movie theatre for this training," Bergquist said in a statement.

On Wednesday, Brick police released a number of photos and videos of the drill, which are attached to this story.
Bobbi July 09, 2014 at 05:46 PM
Sorry about that McCorry I thought they only practiced lockdown drills, not active shooter drills. My mistake.
Robert Wagner July 09, 2014 at 05:56 PM
I think it's great that the brick PD trains for these types of scenarios. I work for the schools and have seen them training in our schools. The people of New Jersey are unable to carry to protect themselves, and the police are our 1st line of defense, so they need all the training they can get.
Andy Pat July 10, 2014 at 11:22 AM
Check out the statistics related to gun violence in states with liberal gun laws vs. gun violence in states with more restrictive gun laws. What really would have occurred in Aurora, CO if numerous people carrying firearms opened fire in a dark theater?
Robert Wagner July 10, 2014 at 05:02 PM
Andy pat. I've read the statistics on areas where gun control is most stringent on citizens, and where the right to carry isn't impeded. The crime rates by far, exceed those in stricter gun control areas than those with without an infringement on our 2nd amendment. For the majority of the states in the union, they've adopted a state constitution which enables the "right to bear arms". Unfortunately New Jersey is one of the few states that has omitted this from their constitution.

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