In the wake of recent events across the country, I want to take a moment and assure the community on the Wellfleet Police Department’s response to critical incidents. I know this is a difficult conversation to have, however, history has shown these events happen in both large and small communities. First and foremost, officers are and will continue to be trained in responding to the potential of an active shooter that could occur within our schools, businesses or in public. The main concept of active shooting training is to take immediate action through a rapid response involving one or more officers based on a reasonable belief that failure to swiftly seek out and address the threat would result in death or serious bodily injury. This has been a proven lifesaver for both officers and civilians, as highly trained and equipped personnel have responded to and successfully resolved countless situations involving active shooters to limit loss of life.
This training is conducted throughout the Cape and at times police departments cross train together. In the past, our department has trained with surrounding lower cape police departments at Nauset High School and local elementary schools. In addition, in early 2020 our department partnered with Wellfleet Outer Cape Health Services to participate in several ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) drills between staff and police officers. These type of trainings within our schools and businesses will better prepare everyone in the event of a threat.
The safety and welfare of our students and staff is our highest priority. Throughout each school year, we typically perform several lockdown drills were students and staff practice emergency procedures. Due to Covid-19, school administrators have conducted these drills with police participating offsite. With the relaxation of Covid restrictions, both myself and Ms. Rodman are committed to in person lock down drills moving forward. These lockdown procedures are evaluated for improvements after each drill. Finally, to ensure schools are prepared to proactively handle the threat of an intruder or active shooter, all staff and students are and will continue to be trained in ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) by members of the police department.
I know in the weeks and months ahead this conversation will continue within our community and across the cape. Please rest assure training will continue, preparedness will be discussed, and the safety of our residents is the departments utmost priority.
Michael P. Hurley
Chief of Police
Wellfleet Police Department
36 Gross Hill Road
Wellfleet, MA 02667
Phn: (508) 349 – 3702
Fax: (508) 349 – 7683