Cary town leaders discuss readiness for active shooting

CARY, NC (WNCN) — The City of Cary Police Chief spoke about the city’s readiness for an active shooter situation during Thursday night’s council meeting. Councilor Jack Smith said the goal is to let the public know how the city is prepared for an active shooter situation.

Smith said he was at an event on July 4th when people expressed concerns to him about how prepared Cary was for an active shooter situation.

“People said to me, ‘Are you comfortable that we’re prepared here in Cary?’ so I said yes, I’m comfortable, but you can never be too vigilant,” Smith said.

He spoke to City Manager Sean Stegall and Police Commissioner Terry Sult about improving response times and preparing for an emergency.

“Is there anything else we should be doing there with all of this uncertainty in the world today,” Smith said.

Those reservations led to Stegall asking the Chief Sult to speak at Thursday night’s council meeting.

Sult said active rifleman protocol should kick in immediately. He said the department began reassessing its readiness and working with an outside firm over a year ago. He said every time there’s a mass shooting like the one that happened at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, the department reevaluates its preparedness.

“That prompted us to immediately see if we were ready to have tools or breakthrough tools to be able to go into the classrooms,” Sult said.

He said a recent change is for officers to take cars home.

“This will allow us to increase our capacity to have more resources on site faster in the event of an event,” Sult said.

Bal Sharma feels safe in Cary but said recent mass shootings are worrying. He appreciated hearing from the Chief.

“It’s good, the city is already preparing for the worst if that happens and that’s good for the public, good for the kids and good for the schools,” Sharma said.

Sult said there will be changes at upcoming events, including barriers to prevent cars getting into crowds.

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Dais Johnston

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