Amesbury Public Schools
Mrs. Elizabeth McAndrews
Superintendent of Schools
Amesbury Public Schools
5 Highland Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
IN FORCE TECHNOLOGY
444 Washington Street
Woburn, MA 01801
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2022
Amesbury Public Schools to Add Enhanced Layer of School Safety
IN FORCE911 Enables all School Staff to Communicate Directly with Local Law Enforcement During an Emergency
Media note: Superintendent of Schools Elizabeth McAndrews and Police Chief Craig Bailey are available for print, media and radio interviews. In Force Technology CEO, Brandon Flanagan is available via telephone, Skype or any Boston television satellite studios.
Amesbury, MA – Amesbury Public Schools will soon have instantaneous, two-way access to local law enforcement thanks to the deployment of an advanced software tool that enables faculty, staff, and administrators to communicate directly with the local police department in the event of an emergency or security breach.
By partnering with Massachusetts-based In Force Technology, Inc., the five public schools and the Amesbury Police Department will soon be equipped with the IN FORCE911 desktop software and mobile applications. The software is proven to significantly reduce police response time to buildings and specific locations inside buildings during a critical event at a school, while addressing the communications gap that unfortunately exists during active shooter incidents.
It is a software tool that school officials, officers and the developers hope is never needed, however the leadership of Amesbury Public Schools believe that this level of preparation and sophistication could provide a vital link between those inside a school building and those rushing to help, when seconds count.
“IN FORCE911 provides an immediate link to law enforcement that allows educators to contact them in quite literally seconds, compared to minutes. The alert provides police with invaluable information and actionable intelligence which will continue to reduce the time necessary to eliminate the threat,” said In Force Technology CEO, Brandon Flanagan. “In these situations, the sooner the good guys show up, the sooner the event ends – which means seconds truly equal lives!
“The Amesbury School District is pleased to announce a partnership with the IN FORCE 911 school safety and security software product that will dramatically reduce law enforcement response time to an active threat and enhance communication between those experiencing the threat and with first responders. Amesbury Public Schools is taking this extra step towards enhanced school safety in cooperation with the Amesbury Police Department. IN FORCE911 has partnered with hundreds of school districts around the nation, and now will work with the Amesbury Schools and Police to provide the safest environment possible for Amesbury students and staff.”
During an emergency, the IN FORCE911 is instantly sent to the local dispatch center, police cruisers and cell phones of officers with specific information, including the room of threat origin. The alert opens a real-time, two-way chat portal enabling school staff to communicate details of a threat, or description of a suspect to first responders. Additionally, first responders are provided integrated access to floor plans, security camera feeds and other emergency information to create a safer, more effective, and efficient response.
IN FORCE911’s “Reverse Alert” feature allows Amesbury law enforcement officials to instantly alert school officials of any imminent threats in their area, such as a police pursuit in progress, domestic custodial dispute, bank robbery or severe weather alert. This function eliminates the need for law enforcement to call each individual building, creating a more streamlined communication process.
ABOUT IN FORCE TECHNOLOGY, INC.
In response to the escalation of targeted acts of school violence throughout the country, In Force Technology developed IN FORCE911 to enhance school safety and security and save lives! IN FORCE911, a software-as-a-service mobile panic button, dramatically reduces police response time to any critical event, while bridging the communication barrier between those experiencing the threat with first responders. Recognizing that it takes anywhere from 2-4 minutes to effectively route an initial E-911 call, IN FORCE911 alerts first responders in just four (4) seconds while equipping first responders with mission critical data and actionable intelligence to enable a more efficient, effective, and safer approach to a building under threat.