MADISON (WKOW) -- The Janesville Police Department and the School District of Janesville have partnered to launch a new initiative to speed up response time to school shootings.
The initiative, called "Project Direct Connect", places portable radios in the public or parochial schools that request one. Police say those radios will allow school staff to immediately and directly report an intruder or shooting incident to all on-duty police personnel.
According to police, officers will be able to arrive on the scene significantly faster because Project Direct Connect will reduce the processing time of a 911 call to zero seconds. Officials say the immediate notification of the emergency will allow for officers to respond directly to the school and implement active shooter tactics.
"When responding to school shootings we know that every second is crucial and that for every second that passes, more shots can be fired and more death and injury can occur," Janesville Police Department said in a press release. "We also know that once police officers are on scene the incident can quickly become more safe as the suspect can be isolated in a confined area, or the suspect can be incapacitated by police, or the suspect may surrender, or the suspect may end his or her own life.
School staff has started training and will be complete training soon.
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