Churchville-Chili Central School District recently added a new layer of safety for its six school buildings by installing mobile data computers in two security vehicles.
MDCs are routinely used by police departments to give patrol officers remote access to online information and tools. CCCSD is the first in the area to bring the advanced technology to K-12 schools.
William Sanborn, director of school safety and security, is familiar with MDCs. He served as Monroe County undersheriff before joining the district, and has 25 years of experience with Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
“In an emergency situation at our schools, we want one of our experienced campus security officers on the scene as quickly as possible, prepared with all the information and tools necessary for an effective response,” Sanborn said. “MDCs put our complete resources at their fingertips, regardless of their physical location.”
The in-vehicle touch-screen computers make it possible for security officers to immediately access all of the district’s records, management resources, emergency plans, school maps, forms and documents and off-campus emergency service contacts, including police and fire departments. Officers can call up real-time views from every security camera in every school in the district, and remove the computer from the vehicle to set up a critical incident command post at any location.
The district started exploring the potential use of the mobile technology in January 2017. Sanborn formed a working group that included district security experts Rick Allain, Tom Campopiano, John Pitts and Tim Pios along with Derek VanDenHandel, information technology director, and David Branch, head mechanic. The team reached out to peers at Roberts Wesleyan College and other locations. They worked with administrators on a plan tailored for Churchville-Chili schools, and obtained funding assistance from the state with the help of State Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer, R-61st District.
Team members installed and programmed the new equipment in two security vehicles at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.
“We are always looking for ways to improve the safety of our educational community, and the new tools are already making a difference,” Allain said. “We can quickly discern the difference between false alarms and critical problems. We’ve used it to help locate students and monitor campus activity. Even in the first few months, the MDCs have been key to quickly solving several potentially difficult situations.”