Before adding the new cameras, there were only four cameras monitoring the district’s schools.
The bus fleet’s current camera system requires video download and doesn’t provide high-definition images, making it difficult to see and hear activity inside and outside of the buses, according to Kelley Kitchen, director of finance for GCS.
Once the new video surveillance system is installed on campuses across the city, police officers will be able to remotely monitor cameras in real-time from their patrol cars.
Federal grants will help improve the security of Massachusetts campuses.
Taunton plans to spend the funds on new software to allow police officers to access surveillance cameras inside campus buildings.
Duke University has over 1,300 security cameras on campus, including in areas of egress around residence halls.
"It would allow us access from anywhere and anytime which then we can provide the same thing to law enforcement so that they are able to see what is going on at any building in real time," Superintendent Coby Fletcher said.
After more than a dozen sexual assaults on campus, Ohio University is looking to increase security on campus.
Many of today’s incidents, including cyberattacks and violent intruders, are devised by those with trusted access to school campuses, networks, and facilities.
As we have seen time and time again in critical situations involving our nation’s schools, every second counts in an emergency.