Massachusetts District to Use App to Communicate with Law Enforcement
Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School officials recently announced plans to implement an app for communication with law enforcement.
- By Jessica Davis
- March 12, 2019
Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School officials recently announced plans to implement the In Force911 app.
The app allows for a three-way connection between school staff, police dispatch and patrol units in both Dennis and Yarmouth. The district plans to install In Force911 on phones, laptops and other devices on campuses.
“This technology seems like the latest and greatest next step,” District Superintendent Carol Woodbury said.
Once the app is implemented, school staff will be able to use it to post alerts to let other staff and police officers know where an incident is taking place, what is happening and potentially provide descriptions of suspects in an emergency situation.
According to Woodbury, the district has never had technology like In Force911, which allows them to immediately get in touch with first responders.
“This will give us an opportunity to put technology in the hands of all of our teachers and we think that is paramount if something were to happen in a building of getting the police here quickly but also being able to pinpoint where things are happening to give them better intel,” Woodbury said.
In addition to opening lines of communication, the app will also provide first responders with floor plans, surveillance cameras and other information about the schools to help them make the appropriate decisions when responding.
The In Force911 software costs each school $3,000 per year. The police departments pay a lower fee.
Jessica Davis is the Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media.