COPsync, Inc. has announced that the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) in Houston, TX will conduct an evaluation of the COPsync911™ threat-alert system to increase the safety and security of its campuses, students and faculty. COPsync operates the nation’s only system connecting law enforcement officers and agencies nationwide, and the COPsync911 threat-alert service for corporations, schools, and other potentially at-risk facilities.
HCDE provides education services to the general public and 25 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond, and provides support to more than 1 million students and almost 40,000 teachers.
Ecomet Burley, Director for the Center for Safe and Secure Schools, stated, “As a nation, there is a visceral concern about the threat of ISIS and the random acts of violence that have occurred at educational institutions across America. As educators and policymakers, we must take steps to protect our children from these looming threats and use any and every means available to create and maintain safe spaces for our children to learn.”
The COPsync911 system is activated by school faculty and staff when a threatening situation arises and allows the employees to send an immediate and silent alert to all other employees, the local law enforcement dispatch center, closest patrol cars and on-duty law enforcement officers, even if they are away from their patrol car. The school staff, the responding officers and the local dispatcher communicate about the incident as it unfolds via a “Crisis Communications Portal.” The COPsync911 threat alert system can save minutes when seconds count.
Ronald A. Woessner, CEO of COPsync commented, “The COPsync911 system is designed to work with existing security protocols while decreasing police response time, and increasing communications from the point of incident. HCDE recognizes that COPsync911 can be another key safety tool to help protect the lives of its students and faculty, as well as its local law enforcement officers.”