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The North Providence Breeze 04-24-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 24-30, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 7 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Police Department conducted an expanded active shooter response training over school vacation last week, maintaining a commitment to being proactive in improving public safety. Chief David Tikoian said this train- ing will continue to be expanded and enhanced each year. Police coordi- nated with local firefighters, using the North Providence High School and Birchwood Middle School to conduct the training on April 16 and April 18. Similar trainings were held last year during April school vacation week at Greystone and Centredale Schools. This year's training included increased participation as well as added "simunition" projectiles. North Providence Mayor's Youth Commission members acted as role players in the various scenario-based exercises. "Every year it's a little bit more," said the chief. "I'd like to build on what we do each year." The addition of simunition projec- tiles, which are similar to paint balls, enhanced the physical aspect of the training, Tikoian said. He added that he's hopeful the training sessions might include teachers next year, all as police look to perfect their response in the case of a situation unfolding. Mayor Charles Lombardi, who also serves as the town's director of public safety, stopped in at NPHS on April 16 and witnessed firsthand several of the training scenarios and drills. Since he took over the department in the fall of 2017, Tikoian told The Breeze he's seen yearly school vaca- tion trainings as an important com- ponent of what local police do. The only previous similar school training he knows of came shortly before he became chief, in the spring of 2017, when police were trained on a new high-tech active shooter system at the high school, paid for through the department's 2012 win- nings from a settlement with Google. The annual trainings in the two years since have been an invaluable addi- tion, he said, and if he were the par- ent of children in local schools, he'd be very happy to know that police are so committed to student safety. "I just think it's being proactive," he said. The scenario-based exercises afforded first responders an opportu- nity to hone their skills in the follow- ing areas: • Building and room entry tactics • Threat mitigation • Joint rescue task force • Room clearing tactics • And incident command or unified command with police and fire. The active shooter training was a joint effort, facilitated by North Providence Police Department fire- arm instructors Capt. John Brady, Lt. Thomas Jones, a U.S. Army Veteran, and Officer George Monteith, a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran. Also helping was North Providence Fire Department firefighter Joshua Chiarini, a U.S. Navy veteran and Police run enhanced training exercises in schools By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Receiving "treat- ment" from North Providence fire- fighters for a "gunshot" to the leg is SGT JASON BURLINGAME, who plays the role of the victim in a police training session. See DRILL, Page 8

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