After experiencing increases in school violence over the last several years, school safety is at the forefront of public safety discussions in America. COPsync Inc. operates the nation's largest law enforcement information, communication, and data sharing network. COPsync has collaborated with the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), home to icon McGruff the Crime Dog®, to produce a new pilot project that showcases the COPsync911 threat alert system for schools.
The new NCPC and COPsync pilot program works with schools and law enforcement personnel to improve response time and enhance safety within schools. The COPsync911 system enables school personnel to automatically and silently send threat alerts from any school computer or mobile device directly to local law enforcement officers in their patrol cars in the event of a crisis.
The system also silently alerts other teachers in the school of the imminent danger. Responding officers and the local dispatch center can communicate in real-time with the persons under threat via a communications portal. The system is currently being used by approximately 720 schools and other facilities in Texas, California, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.
As part of the pilot program, COPsync will identify five to 10 school districts and five to 10 law enforcement agencies to conduct a test of the COPsync911 system. In addition, COPsync will promote the opportunity for customers to augment existing COPsync program materials with new training programs designed by NCPC and tailored to the customer’s specific needs.
The crime prevention expertise of NCPC combined with the brand recognition power of McGruff will showcase the ability of the COPsync911 system to protect schools, government buildings, and other facilities nationwide. COPsync911 utilizes a nationwide officer safety alert system, GPS/auto vehicle location and distance-based alerts for crimes in progress, such as school crisis situations, child abductions, bank robberies, and police pursuits. By using these features, the COPsync Network saves lives, reduces unsolved crimes, and assists in apprehending criminals and interdicting criminal behavior.