CORAL SPRINGS, FL – As part of the response to the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy, Coral Springs will be the first municipality in the nation to use a new security system at a school and nonprofit that will allow faster police responses in cases of emergencies, officials said Tuesday.

Coral Springs Charter School and Chabad of Coral Springs will be the first organizations in the city to use the ALERT (Active Law Enforcement Response Technology) software that will be connected to the Coral Springs Police Crime Center, where officers track crime and emergencies in real-time, according to a city news release. They will also get grants through the program.

According to the release, the technology will aim to meet the requirements of the new Alyssa’s Law, which requires panic buttons at schools to alert law enforcement to emergencies. The law is in honor of Alyssa Alhadeff, who was killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

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The initiative is paid for by Andrew Pollack’s School Safety Grant organization, which provides preventative security technology in schools and places of worship. The program was started after Pollack’s daughter, Meadow, was also killed at the high school.

 “Although this project started out with school safety in mind, the applications of this software go beyond education,” Coral Springs Police Chief Clyde Parry said in the release. “It is my hope that the ALERT program becomes the standard for all schools in our nation, as well as in houses of worship, businesses and any venue where large numbers of people gather.” 

More information on the ALERT system will be provided on Thursday, officials said.


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