Alert System to Be Available in All of Bedford County’s Public Schools
DANVERS, MA, Oct. 21, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Public schools in Bedford County will be the first in the state of Virginia to implement the COPsync911 alert system, developed by COPsync, Inc. (OTCQB: COYND), which operates the nation’s largest law enforcement real-time, in-car information sharing, communication and data interoperability network. Brandon-COPsync, LLC, a distributor in selected U.S. regions of COPsync products and services, has received a purchase order for 22 locations within Bedford County Public Schools and the system will be installed in the coming weeks.
Bedford County, located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia, is now part of an increasing number of municipalities that have joined the COPsync911 network as the system continues to be adopted across the nation. The COPsync911 system is activated by school staff when a threatening situation arises, and allows the staff to send an immediate and silent alert to all other staff, the local law enforcement dispatch center, all patrol cars and on-duty law enforcement officers, even if they are away from their patrol car.
“Ensuring the safety of Bedford County’s 15 elementary schools, three middle schools and four high schools requires a concerted and coordinated effort among law enforcement and school staff,” said Bedford County Sheriff Michael J. Brown, who serves as Chair of the National Sheriffs’ Association CJIS/Technology Committee. “As one who has been involved for many years in the development and deployment of new technology for officers, I firmly believe that such innovation is a key component of providing the best service to our constituents. The information-sharing facilitated by COPsync911 is an outstanding example of technology that can reduce response times and keep our schools safer.”
The system can inform patrol officers of the threat faster than dialing 9-1-1; hence, they arrive on the scene quicker and equipped with up-to-the-minute situational information about the unfolding emergency.
Through the service, officers receive the threat alerts directly to the computers in their patrol cars. They can then immediately access a map to see the location of the school, and view a diagram of the building’s interior so no time is wasted determining the exact location of the threat. The school staff, the responding officers and the local dispatcher communicate about the incident as it unfolds via a “Crisis Communications Portal.” Thus, officers are equipped with information that helps them develop an effective tactical response plan. The COPsync911 threat alert system can save minutes, when seconds count.
“As the first customer for the COPsync911 system in Virginia, the Bedford County Public Schools are paving the way for expanding the COPsync presence within the state,” said Brandon Flanagan, CEO of Brandon-COPsync, the Company’s distributor. “School district officials are becoming increasingly more vigilant in ensuring the safety of their students, and parents are demanding cost-effective, actionable solutions. We have successfully implemented many COPsync911 systems throughout the New England area on school campuses of all sizes, and we are continuing to expand throughout the East Coast. We look forward to working with school officials in Bedford County, along with Sheriff Brown and his officers, to ensure a smooth rollout of the system and the protection of Bedford’s students and staff.”
About COPsync, Inc.
COPsync, Inc. (COYND) is a technology company that improves real-time communication across law enforcement jurisdictions and helps public safety officials prevent and respond quickly to crime. The COPsync Network gives officers instant access to actionable, mission-critical data and to local, state and federal law enforcement databases. The Network’s companion COPsync911 system enables courts, schools, hospitals, government buildings, energy, telecommunications and other potentially at-risk facilities to automatically and silently send threat alerts directly to local law enforcement officers in their patrol cars in the event of crisis, thereby protecting schools, schoolchildren, employees and others. The COPsync Network saves lives, reduces unsolved crimes and assists in apprehending criminals and interdicting criminal behavior — through such features as a nationwide officer safety alert system, GPS/auto vehicle location and distance-based alerts for crimes in progress, such as school crisis situations, child abductions, bank robberies and police pursuits. The company also sells VidTac(R), an in-vehicle, software-driven video system for law enforcement. For more information, visit www.copsync.com and www.copsync911.com.
About Brandon-COPsync, LLC
Brandon-COPsync, LLC, headquartered in Danvers, Massachusetts, was founded in 2012 to sell the COPsync Inc. portfolio of real-time law enforcement technology products in the Northeast and selected other jurisdictions throughout the U.S. Brandon-COPsync is proud to provide the nation’s largest law enforcement real-time, in-car information sharing, communication and data interoperability network, and the COPsync911 threat alert system for schools, government buildings, hospitals and other high-risk targets to its target customers. For over a generation (combined) Brandon-COPsync’s management team has specialized in representing technology companies seeking to enhance public safety, law enforcement and homeland security.