POSTED: Friday, April 26, 2013 - 3:48pm
UPDATED: Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 9:52am
PHARR, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Following the Sandy Hook Massacre in Newtown, CT, school safety now, is more important than ever.
Clarissa Almaraz is a McAllen resident and she says, "School safety is very, very important, especially right now that all these terrorist attacks and shootings are taking place."
Late last week PSJA ISD announced they will use a new software called Copsync911, the district will be the first in the country to add a program directly connecting campuses to local police patrol cars as a line of defense for the schools.
Pharr Police Chief Ruben Villescas says,"Law enforcement of today is always looking for new technology that can help and keep our places safe."
This high tech software allows teachers to send an emergency alert, which responding officers can trace directly to the classroom and even allowing virtual communication between the instructor and law enforcement to retrieve information during an emergency.
Dr. Daniel King, is Superintendent at PSJA ISD and he says, "We have a great partnership with our police departments and our own security divisions to keep our schools safe and extra measures, Copsync gives us an additional tool."
The software is at no cost to the school district and will allow their schools to reduce emergency response times by immediately alerting officers of any problems.