“It’s different and goes against everything the teachers are used to.”
And even though Franklin County has seven schools with seven different safety and security plans, Ritchie said, the law-enforcement response will be the same at each district.
He’s been working with Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill and Emergency Services Director Ricky Provost, who gave county legislators an overview of the plan already tested in some districts.
Cameras at Tupper Lake Central and Malone Central schools are patched in to the 911 center on Bare Hill Road, Chateaugay Central is currently having its equipment installed, and Brushton-Moira Central and St. Regis Falls Central will be brought on soon, Provost said. He said the county wasn’t included in Saranac Lake’s planning.
Emergency Services Deputy Director John Bashaw II and Ritchie did an initial walk-through at Salmon River Central to evaluate needs there, but it already has a resource officer in the school.
“We’re talking to the staff and telling them what to prepare for, and it’s getting a good reception,” Mulverhill said.
“Tupper Lake had an active-shooter scenario that’s been practiced for, and Chateaugay and Malone are in preparations for it.”
Malone Village Police Chief Chris Premo held that training recently, with 25 people from law-enforcement agencies involved.
That session went very well, he said.
Provost said the schools are paying for the camera feeds and that his existing staff will be able to handle the extra work.
“We won’t monitor them 24/7, only if there is an incident, and it only takes us 30 seconds to get the feed up,” he said.
“We’ll be coordinating first-responders and giving them information they need to know about what’s going on.”
Ritchie said the camera feeds “give us an extra set of eyes” when law enforcement goes into a situation.
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