Local law enforcement train with innovation and intensity at JWCC


What is the future of safety?

One security company came to a local campus to test new technology that goes beyond the human eye.

Several Adams County organizations and local law enforcement teamed up for a unique training experience this week.

KHQA's Photojournalist Joe St. Clair take us inside the process.

"From a law enforcement perspective, this is probably one of the most innovative things that I've seen come down the pipe in quite some time," Quincy Police Sgt. Adam Yates said.

Quincy police, Adams County Sheriff's deputies, John Wood Community College, and Alarm Systems Inc. teamed up with Honeywell Security for a realistic live shooter training.

"So today we're doing drills that are designed to collect data analytics for four different types of safety analytics, which are gun shot detection, gun detection, crowd behavior, and student fighting within a school," Honeywell Business Development Manager Bruce Montgomery said. "Students are going to flee and we want to detect that with a camera and raise a flag to say hey something is going on and we need to pay attention to this."

"Anywhere we have the potential to have a lot of victims congregated into one space when anything happens, it's very important that law enforcement is notified as quickly as possible," Yates said. "We can get additional information on the way, but to get the initial officers en route is huge.

"That gets law enforcement responding immediately, gets them driving to the school, it gets the good guys to confront the bad guys faster," Montgomery said.

"We know statistically that those events only last two to five minutes total," JWCC Chief of Police Bill La Tour said. "So if we can be altered even 30 seconds sooner than what we would normally be, those are potentially lives saved."

"We train for these types of things, we do our lock down drills, now to bring technology in and help us as far as the alert side of things, and making our response time quicker, makes perfect sense," Yates said.

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