School security a main focus in New Haven

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School security is on the front of minds in New Haven just nine days away from the start of school.

During training at the New Haven Fire Training Academy, police showed off their new equipment.

A school security task force over five months identified some weaknesses when it comes to active shooter situations.

Thanks to some state and city money, they’ve got upgraded video cameras, key cards, and ways so all first responders and the 911 center can access all the security camera footage.

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All radios can communicate and officials developed policies so that parents will know where to go in a situation like this.

“For example, now when a fire alarm is pulled, the fire department will be dispatched, but police officers are also dispatched to ensure this is not a tactic being used by someone to try and bring harm,” explained Chief Anthony Campbell with the New Haven Police Department.

In addition, the school district hired with school safety officers to compliment the nine school resource officers.

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On Tuesday, they were doing realistic exercises. They say this keeps them ahead of something, and they hope it never happens.

But if it does, officials are more prepared.

Classes are slated to start on August 30th. 

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