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Posted on: May 25, 2022

[ARCHIVED] A Statement from the City of Asbury Park on Recent Mass Shootings

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A Statement from the City of Asbury Park on the Recent Mass Shootings  in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas

The City of Asbury Park Council and Asbury Park Police Department are deeply saddened by the tragic events that have occurred recently in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas. Deaths as a result of senseless violence are horrific. They are particularly devastating when they are the result of hate crimes or target the young and innocent like in last night’s tragedy in Uvalde. We pray for the victims while our hearts break for their loved ones. And we are thankful to the brave first responders, police and EMTs who put their lives at risk.

In Asbury Park, we have always been mindful and vigilant when it comes to safety, especially in our schools. We have 3 well trained and experienced Asbury Park Police Officers monitoring our schools every day. Zone cars are ordered to patrol diligently around schools without full time Officers. All Asbury Park Police Officers are highly trained in Active Shooter Response and attend scenario based, hands-on training multiple times a year. And, our Shot Spotter System covers the majority of the City ensuring that if we did have an incident, Officers would be on the scene in minutes, if not seconds, to confront the threat.

While our nation grapples with the aftermath of this most recent mass shooting, we must continue to be vigilant in ensuring the safety of our children. Additional Officers will be circulating the City and walking through schools that do not have full time Officers assigned to them, including our charter schools and private institutions. Our Mobile Surveillance Tower will be placed in front of different schools throughout the week for monitoring and deterrence. Officers will be also be onsite at dismissal to assure a safe departure and show a strong presence.

As we reflect on the loss of life in Buffalo, Uvalde and around the country this year, we know it is more important than ever to come together to overcome racism and gun violence. 

City Council and the Asbury Park Police Department are proud to serve one of the most diverse communities in the State of New Jersey and committed to protecting our citizens.

Sincerely, 

Mayor John Moor and Police Chief David Kelso

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