Mineola, NY – In an effort to increase safety and security at local schools, County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced plans to distribute five wireless Panic Alarms to each school in Nassau County. The panic alarms connect directly with the Nassau County Police Department’s (NCPD) Communications Bureau.
“Terrible tragedies such as Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and this week’s events at Sparks Middle School outside Reno, have left many families, administrators and faculty feeling concerned about security,” County Executive Mangano said yesterday at a press conference at Carle Place High School. “While we hope to never face such a situation, residents should know that Nassau County is leading the nation with new measures to protect our children.”
When activated by the push of a button, the wireless panic alarm establishes a two-way microphone between the alarm and the NCPD and will stay activated and record until terminated by the police. The alarm also provides a GPS location, thereby generating an accurate location for responding police officers. This unprecedented program helps provides law enforcement with real-time intelligence that is critical to saving lives.
The new Panic Alarm program builds on County Executive Mangano’s efforts to partner with Nassau BOCES to instantly provide local law enforcement with camera feeds and digitalized floors plans for all Nassau County schools that participate in the program. County Executive has also hosted six Active Shooter Seminars that examine the tragic events which unfolded in Connecticut, provides school training and addresses the NCPD’s procedures in responding to an “Active Shooter” situation should one occur.
An active shooter is defined as an armed person who has used deadly physical force on other persons and continues to do so while having unrestricted access to additional victims. This could include deadly physical force by means of a gun, knife, or other weapons.
The Panic Alarm program will provide approximately 350 Schools with 5 alarms per school, or 1,750 total alarms, by the end of November, County officials said.
Once the alarm button is pushed, a two-way microphone is established between the alarm and the Nassau County Police Department Communications Bureau that will stay activated and will record until terminated by the Police Department.
The alarm gives a GPS location to the Police, thereby generating an accurate location for responding officers.
The unprecedented safety program was championed by former Superintendent of Schools Dr. Richard Marsh, and Carle Place Superintendent David Flatley.
County Executive Mangano began yesterday’s press event by extending his condolences to the family and friends of teacher Michael Landsberry who was killed this week outside Reno, Nevada, as well as his thoughts to the two twelve year old students wounded during the shooting.
“It is unfortunate that we have to plan for such events and incidences but if anything can be learned out of these horrific events it is that it is better to be prepared,” Mangano told those gathered.
“Our children are our most precious resource and that is why we prepare in hopes that we never need to utilize the Panic Alarms or the training,” Mangano said “After all you cannot put a price on a child’s life and we will continue to do everything within our power to safeguard our children and our residents.”