With the rising number of mass shootings across the U.S., Babylon Town officials felt it was appropriate to educate the community on how to react to an active shooter situation.

That’s why earlier this month, Babylon Town Hall brought in Det. Cliff Lent, a 24-year veteran of the Suffolk County Police Department and a member of the Homeland Security and Criminal Intelligence Bureau.

To about 50 people, Lent described how to circumvent possible survive life-threatening situations.

According to Newsday, the detective showed actual footage from recent tragedies, including the 2017 Las Vegas shooting which left 58 people dead and over 800 injured at a country music festival by the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

The town board was thankful Lent was able to share important advice during the shooter awareness presentation.

“Unfortunately, we live in a time when these types of attacks happen far too often,” said town councilman, Terry McSweeney. “I wish Det. Lent all the best in his retirement and thank him for his 24 years of service to our community.”

Before the presentation, Lent was awarded a Babylon proclamation for his years of service to the Long Island community.

(L-R) Suffolk County Police Department deputy inspector Vincent Maronski, det. Cliff Lent, and Babylon Town councilman Terry McSweeney at Babylon Town Hall.

Top: Det. Cliff Lent addressing a filled Babylon Town Hall during his active shooter presentation (courtesy).