Scott Calzolaio (Milford Daily News)
Superintendent of Schools Armand Pires said the idea of using the INFORCE911 app was initiated by members of the School Department.
MEDWAY – In light of a growing list of school shootings, Medway schools and local law enforcement have teamed up to improve response time in the case of an emergency.
Danvers-based In Force Technology, LLC, is working with the town to implement its app alert system, called “INFORCE911.” The mobile and desktop app will be installed in each of the town’s public schools.
Superintendent of Schools Armand Pires said the idea of using the app was initiated by the School Department. It works with the Police Department to regularly conduct reviews of school safety protocols. School officials were recently introduced to the INFORCE911 app.
“It provides any of our faculty or staff members the ability to raise an alert directly to the dispatcher,” Pires said.
The idea is to significantly reduce response time for police in the event of an active shooter or other potential tragedy. The application can launch an alert in less than 12 seconds, rather than the few crucial minutes that a traditional 911 call might require.
“The alert goes to all the adults in the school, so that there’s really clear and transparent communication about an emergency situation that’s going on,” Pires said. “In addition, it goes out to dispatch and all the patrol cars in the area.”
The system also provides first responders with digital access to floor plans, IP-based camera feeds and other emergency detailed information to help them plan entry in the case of an emergency.
According to a press release from the town, the product is used in more than 60 communities in Massachusetts. It has also been installed in communities in 13 other states.
“We recognize the need to reduce police response time to mitigate the loss of lives during a crisis,” said In Force Technology President and CEO Brandon Flanagan, in the release. “We also know that increasing communication between those experiencing the threat and law enforcement can dramatically shorten the duration of the attack.”
Pires prays that no one will ever have to use the system. But he knows that in today’s climate, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
“Through our training and experiences here, we take safety and security of students quite seriously,” he said. “We know that it’s imperative to try to get a connection with law enforcement as quickly as possible.”