Last week, a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida returned to the school and opened fire. As a result, 17 people were killed (most were students) and more than 15 were injured. The gunman was apprehended over an hour later, long after he had fled the school and had enough time to purchase a drink from a nearby Subway.
Since the tragic event, there has been a lot of discussion about mental health, gun control, and a lot of other factors believed to be responsible for the heinous act. While these discussions should happen, what they don’t address is how we can react more efficiently to school shootings when they do happen. One tool we believe that will reduce casualties and police response time is gunshot detection technology.
Reducing Response Time
The average active shooter situation at a school lasts about 12.5 minutes, but it usually takes 18 minutes before law enforcement responds. In many cases, this leaves students at the gunman’s mercy for an extended amount of time.
A quality gunshot detection system shortens these times by collecting critical data and sending it to local law enforcement. A truly effective system will automatically detect gunshots and inform officers of the number of shots, type of caliber, the location of the shooter, and more. When law enforcement does arrive, they will be able to make informed decisions to quickly stop and arrest the suspect.
This tool also allows officers to know about the incident before the first 911 call is made. In the average active shooter situation, it can take about 5 minutes before the first call is made. Even then, it can be difficult for the dispatcher to understand the caller over the commotion.
We’ve partnered with EAGL Technology to offer a comprehensive response system for law enforcement. When combined with our NOMAD mobile camera, we can accompany the above data with a live feed. When multiple NOMADs are present, the system can direct all cameras to the same point to offer multiple angles of the situation.
In school settings, where teachers and other adults are busy directing and protecting students, these automatic and comprehensive features can be life-saving. Law enforcement can keep tabs on the situation and know exactly where to go once they arrive. When every second counts, this information is vital.
Gunshot Detection Technology: A Tool, Not a Solution
Gunshot detection systems will not prevent active shooter situations, but they can help law enforcement respond quickly and efficiently. While the government fights over what steps need to be taken to prevent future school shootings, we want to offer a solution that will end them quickly when they do happen. The more information law enforcement has about an active shooter situation, the more lives they have a chance to save.