The Suffolk at 118 East Main Street in Riverhead  hosts a free Active Shooter Response Training Seminar for the general public on Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

This seminar will provide participants with the knowledge, techniques, and skills that will best equip them to survive an active shooter incident. At the end of this seminar, participants will be familiar with:

• Prevention and Preparation Techniques and Procedures

• Necessity and preparations of developing an Emergency Response Plan (ERP)

• How to recognize indicators of an active shooter before an incident occurs

• Known behavior patterns of active shooters before and during an incident

• Employing Situational Alertness and proper Immediate Response Procedures

• Actions to take when confronted with an active shooter (Run – Hide – Fight)

• Effective response procedures and tactics for escaping, evading and responding

• Emergency Tactical Response

• Establishing and Using Safe Rooms

• Correct responsive actions upon arrival of law enforcement personnel.

The program will be presented by Don Longo, licensed by the Department of State as a Private Investigator and retired from the Suffolk County Police Department after more than 30 years of service and experience in law enforcement as well as personal security.

Mr. Longo has trained and worked with agents of the FBI and United States Secret Service along with receiving numerous awards and citations while attaining rank of Sergeant. Don is also a proud veteran of the United States Military, who served honorably with the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force between 1968 and 1972.

Mr. Longo is considered the leading expert in his field in the New York area specializing in active shooter incident response and planning, anti-crime tactics and techniques, threat assessment, international travel safety, and personal security consulting.

He presents seminars and workshops for professional security officers, police, corporations, religious institutions, non-profit organizations, and the general public on effective and safe response tactics and techniques to be used when confronted with a violent situation.

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Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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