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Wisconsin School District Equipped With Police Radios

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 4/24/2013  School security is now a bit tighter in New London, Wisonsin.   As Chad Doran reports, the district now has police radios in the district's public and private schools.   It's a simple idea.   "This gives us another layer pf yeah, I think we are prepared," offered New London Police Chief Jeff Schlueter.   With what authorities believe will be a big impact.   "We don't want to delay response by 30 seconds; that's too long. We want to respond now," says Chief Schlueter.   Thanks to donations from the community, the school district and police department raiswed nearly $16,000 to buy 12 new police radios.   "The whole community got together and all we heard was positive feeback from them, so it was really nice to be able to see that," saiod New London Schools Supt. Bill Fitzpatrick.   The idea came in response to the Newtown, Connecticut deadly school shooting last December.   The fundraising effort began in January, and now, each of the eight schools in the district have at least one radio.   "You begin saying what are our core responsibilities? And certainly, it's teaching and learning and keeping our kids safe at school," says Fitzpatrick.   "In addition to the radios at the schools there is also one at the district office and Fitzpatrick says in addition to increasing response and communication with the police department, it also provides peace of mind," says reporter Chad Doran.   "I think it gives us a sense of greater preparedness. When you hear of these situations in other places, you say have we done enough," Fitzpatrick said.   A question Schlueter hopes never gets answered.   "The police department, the school district, is doing everything possible to deter a situation like this from ever happening, or if something did ever happen that we would have the quickest response possible," Schlueter said.   Now just a button away.  The police chief also says other area police departments are interested in a similar program.
   
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