MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford schools are taking new steps and using new technology to help police respond faster during an emergency. It’s an effort that began shortly after the Sandy Hook Shooting in 2012.
For the past few months, Medford schools have been installing police alarms. With one push of a button, they inform police of an emergency. It’s part of an effort by Medford schools to connect directly to Medford police during an emergency.
The buttons act like fire alarms, but in this case, when the button is pushed, police are notified. It also pinpoints exactly where inside the school the button was pushed, and sounds an alert over the loudspeaker telling students and staff that the school is being locked down.
The buttons are designed to alert police of a serious emergency like a school shooter. Teachers are making sure kids know exactly when it should and should not be used.
Medford Police said it will alert officers faster, but it won’t change the way they respond. They will still use the crisis plan put in place by police and schools to make sure the school can be secured during an emergency.
More of the alarms are expected to be put into the schools during spring break, the next two weeks.