By Jonathan Bissonnette
COPsync911 system first in Rhode Island
CENTRAL FALLS - City schools will be the first in Rhode Island to implement COPsync911, an alert system that informs patrol officers of a potentially threatening situation.
The COPsync911 system is activated by school staff when an urgent emergency or violent situation arises and allows the staffers to send an immediate silent alert to all other school personnel, local law enforcement dispatch, and all patrol cars and on-duty officers, even if they are away from their patrol car.
The system informs patrol officers of the threat faster than dialing 911, which officials say will allow police to arrive on scene quicker and equipped with up-to-the-minute situational information about the potentially violent situation unfolding.
Through the service, police officers receive alerts directly to the computers in their patrol cars, and they can immediately access a map to see the location of the school, as well as view a diagram of the buildings interior. The school staff, responding officers, and the local dispatcher will communicate about the incident as it unfolds via a "Crisis Communications Portal."
“The rollout of COPsync911 in Central Falls reflects the city’s commitment to implementing innovative technologies, especially when it can help ensure the safety of our students and teachers,” said Mayor Diossa. “We believe this rollout illustrates the strong level of cooperation that exists among our school district, our law enforcement officers, and our citizens to secure this goal.”
School Superintendent victor Capellan added: “Nobody can pick up a newspaper these days and not come away concerned for the need to improve the safety of schools. The COPsync911 alert system is a proactive tool designed to help us deal with a broad range of situations that can occur on school grounds."
"These not only include violent incidents but also urgent situations such as sick students or teachers, fires and other emergencies," Capellan continued. "The system also allows school districts to effectively mitigate the risk of liability they might face in the wake of such incidents.”
Central Falls Police Chief, Col. James J. Mendonca noted: "Having the COPsync911 system in place will significantly reduce the time required for police to respond to a critical incident at Central Falls’ public schools, and will help coordinate the response effort among school staff, dispatchers and officers. This system significantly enhances the ability of officers dedicated to protecting our schools to do so in a timely and effective manner.”
COPsync, Inc. is a technology company that improves real-time communication across law enforcement jurisdictions and helps public safety officials prevent and respond quickly to crime, officials said.
“By joining the COPsync911 network, Central Falls adds to the growing list of municipalities in the northeastern United States, including in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, that have done so. This inaugurates the presence of the COPsync technology in the state of Rhode Island,” Brandon Flanagan, CEO of Brandon-COPsync, LLC, said. “We look forward to continuing our expansion outside of Texas with our growth in the Northeast and elsewhere in the U.S.”
Brandon COPsync LLC, a distributor in selected regions of products ans services developed by COPsynce, secured the installation agreement with the city.
Originally printed in the 9/2/2015 edition of the Pawtucket Times.