In the wake of school shootings across the nation, a new program is being implemented in western Massachusetts schools that will allow teachers to alert police in seconds in case of an emergency.
Schools in Ware will soon have technology to help police and first responders during emergencies like the most recent school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas which claimed the lives of 10 people last Friday. A company based in Massachusetts called In Force Technologies said their app saves crucial time in emergencies.
In Force can be launched by a teacher from a cell phone or a computer. Within twelve seconds, an alert is sent to local police with the location, down to the room number.
"Law enforcement is instantly notified that there is a threat," said Brandon Flanagan, President and CEO of In Force Technologies.
On Wednesday, Ware Police Chief Shawn Crevier was shown how it all works.
Officers will join the alert that was sent by a teacher or faculty member, and a chat bubble will open where they can add a description of the shooter or about an emergency.
"They can say something like shooter red shirt blue jeans and now law enforcement gets the description," said Flanagan.
Chief Crevier said that description can save seconds when it comes to an emergency like a school shooting.
"We need those details so we can identify the person or persons in question," said Ware Police Chief Shawn Crevier. The company said there is a benefit to using the app over dialing 9-1-1 which would go to a state police dispatcher before being routed to the local department. Chief Crevier told Western Mass News the system should be up and running in the coming weeks at Ware High School. In Force is also being implemented in other western Massachusetts communities like Monson and Southwick.
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