METHUEN (AP) — School and police officials have unveiled a new system to detect and track a gunman that they say is the first in operation in a public school.
The Tuesday demonstration simulated a gunman entering a grammar school and opening fire.
The system’s sensors automatically triggered alerts that reached all police officers and certain school officials within seconds of shots being fired.
The system then tracked the gunman as he moved through the building, sending alerts whenever shots were fired.
Police Chief Joseph Solomon said he believes such systems should be required in all public buildings.
School Superintendent Judith Scannell said she hopes the district can find the money to pay for outfitting its four other schools.
Shooter Detection Systems, the Massachusetts-based company that developed the technology, paid for the pilot project.
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