WBCSD upgrades school security

Print Article

PRIEST RIVER — West Bonner County schools are upgrading their security in cooperation with Bonner County, said school district superintendent Paul Anselmo Jan. 6.

“We have security cameras in our schools, and were approached by Bob Howard of Bonner County Emergency Management and Deputy Tim Hemphill of the BCSO about creating access to these cameras in the event of an emergency,” said Anselmo.

Anselmo added that the school district and county emergency management and sheriff’s office recently created a memorandum of understanding.

“All law enforcement will be a part of the plan and the MOU was approved by our board, the county commissioners, Sheriff (Daryl) Wheeler, and the city of Priest River. The ultimate goal is to make our schools a safe place, and this will add another level of protection,” said Anselmo.

Howard said the program will be the first of its kind in the county, and will be offered to other school districts after an initial pilot testing phase in WBCSD schools.

“As the world is today, with active shooters and the type of violence we have to deal with, we approached the schools, and had some discussions about if we have a major incident at a school, could law enforcement have access to school security cameras during the event.”

Howard explained that law enforcement would only have access to the cameras by accessing the Idaho Office of Emergency Management’s web-based program headquartered at Gowen Field in Boise. It would take several layers of security passwords to gain entry to the cameras, which could provide law enforcement officers real-time intelligence on the location and number of assailants, as well as the condition of students and school staff.

“It could help isolate where the assailant is, help mitigate any type of violent act, and lessen the impact of any type of injuries and other occurrences from happening. It’s to make our schools and school staff and children safer when they’re in school during the school day,” he said.

The program will require no additional equipment, said Howard, only some information technology staff time.

The connectivity is still being put into place, said Howard. “We haven’t made it happen yet. We wanted the MOU in place first.”

Howard expressed his hope that the program will lie dormant.

“Hopefully we don’t have to use it.”

Print Article

Read More Local News

Trio found girl, busted human trafficking ring

October 20, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press POST FALLS — Jacob Stuart had tried several times to reach an endangered 17-year-old runaway he knew. She’d been missing about a month when she finally appeared on a video chat under a different name...

Comments

Read More

Priest River revitalization moves forward

October 20, 2017 at 5:00 am | Priest River Times PRIEST RIVER — The downtown revitalization plan here is closer to fruition after a productive special meeting of the city council Oct. 9. Matt Gillis of Welch Comer Engineers and Dell Hatch of Bernar...

Comments

Read More

Member-owned MakerPoint sets open house

October 20, 2017 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT — After the founding owners of MakerPoint Studios decided it was time to close the doors recently, a group of members decided they were not going to let that happen.  Alexandra Iosub, Make...

Comments

Read More

Health care, roads key topics as Otter visits area

October 20, 2017 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee PONDERAY — Health care and roads were among the many concerns raised Thursday as Ponderay hosted Gov. C.L. Butch Otter and Cabinet directors for Capital for a Day. One woman said she is concerned ab...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 263-9534
PO Box 159
Sandpoint, ID 83864

©2017 Bonner County Daily Bee Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X