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Mangano Announces Panic Alarm Program For Nassau County Schools

Wireless panic alarms are being distributed to schools across Nassau County.

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Nassau County, NY - October 22, 2013 - 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 yesterday’s events at Sparks Middle School outside Reno, have left many families, administrators and faculty feeling concerned about security,” said County Executive Mangano. “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 efforts in partnering 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.