With school safety on the minds of parents and school officials in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Suffolk County announced it will hold a school safety seminar next week in Brentwood.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and the county’s top cop, Edward Webber, will host the seminar on Jan. 23 for local school officials to discuss school shootings, including the massacre in Newtown that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults in December.

The 9 a.m. seminar will take place at Suffolk County Community College Brentwood campus. Police will offer guidelines to school officials seeking to improve their current safety strategy. Suffolk police will also discuss its plan of action in the event of a school shooting in the county.

The first portion of the seminar will concentrate on information regarding shootings in Newtown, Virginia Tech and Columbine High School.

Nassau County completed its sixth “active shooter” seminar on Friday during a meeting with school officials at Adelphi University.


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