Jackson WV Newspapers – The Jackson County Courthouse and Sheriff’s Department have recently deployed an advanced software tool that will facilitate immediate communication between employees inside a building and law enforcement officers in the field during an emergency.
The Jackson County Courthouse, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and Ripley Police Department are now equipped with the IN FORCE 911 desktop and mobile software application, the flagship product of Boston-based In Force Technology, LLC. The software is proven to significantly reduce police response time to buildings and specific locations inside buildings during a critical event while addressing the communications barrier that unfortunately exists during active shooter incidents.
“In today’s world, having technology activated that will immediately connect courthouse employees, the sheriff’s department and local law enforcement simply makes sense,” said Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs. “It is reassuring for everyone to know they can report a dangerous or suspicious situation to police and reach them in seconds. As we all know, time is of the essence in an emergency.”
IN FORCE 911 is a software tool that law enforcement officials and the developers hope is never needed, however the leadership of the Jackson County Courthouse and the Sheriff’s Department believes that this level of preparation and sophistication could provide a vital link in the event of an emergency.
The IN FORCE 911 app empowers employees of the courthouse and sheriff’s department with the ability to launch an alert in seconds from their desktop or mobile device, rather than minutes with the current 911 system. Rather than waiting for calls to route through statewide or county-wide dispatch systems, IN FORCE 911 sends alerts and messages directly to the terminals and mobile devices of police officers in a specified area.
During an emergency, the alert is sent directly to the dispatch center, police cruisers and cell phones of officers with specific information, including the room of origin. It also opens a two-way chat dialogue, in real-time, allowing staff to communicate details of a threat or description of a suspect to first responders and receive instructions and potentially lifesaving information in return. Additionally, first responders are provided access to floor plans, security camera feeds and other emergency information to help them plan the best response.
In Force Technology and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department have also given a presentation to the leadership of the Jackson County Schools about the benefits of potentially installing the software in the school buildings as well.
“IN FORCE 911 was crafted to reduce police response times during emergencies and acts of violence, and we’re thrilled to be deploying these safety tools in schools and organizations including the Jackson County Courthouse and Sheriff’s Department,” said Brandon Flanagan, President and CEO of In Force Technology. “By providing police with critical information about the situation and allowing them to arrive on scene faster than ever before, this technology has the potential to save lives.”
IN FORCE 911 is used throughout the country. Several communities and school districts in Virginia including Northampton, Amherst and Pulaski Counties have recently adopted the product.
By implementing the IN FORCE 911 safety software throughout its courthouse and law enforcement entities, Jackson County’s Sheriff Department hopes to empower its staff, while working to save lives during an act of violence. Countless law enforcement training courses all teach the same lesson: time equals lives and every second counts during an emergency or active shooter incident.