Active shooter detection system installed in local school
A Denver-area school district is believed to be the first in the state to fully install an indoor shooter detection system on all five of its school campuses
August 14, 2019 SHERIDAN, Colo. — A Denver-area school district is believed to be the first in the state to fully install an indoor shooter detection system on all five of its school campuses, according to the company that developed the technology.
The FOX31 Problem Solvers learned Sheridan School District No. 2 is installing the Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System in each of its schools with the help of a School Security Disbursement grant from the state.
“It was just a no-brainer once we learned about it that we needed to pursue it and see if it was something we can get,” said Cyndi Wright, the chief operating officer at Sheridan School District No. 2.
Wright said each school is installing groups of sensors in school hallways and various areas around campus. The sensors detect the acoustic signature of a gunshot and send messages to emergency responders — and any other people or entities designated by the district — when gunfire is sensed.
According to Kendra Noonan, a spokesperson for Shooter Detection Systems, “Sheridan is the first school in the Denver region (and in the state that we are aware of) to have this technology.” Noonan said the indoor gunfire detection system was developed from military sniper detection technology.
In their grant application, Sheridan School District No. 2 officials listed a 2015 shooting on a school-owned property near the high school as one reason they wanted the security system.
“It inspired us to make sure that we were doing and looking for and vetting and reaching out to as many partners as we could, building strong relationships, so we can improve safety and security for our kids and our staff,” said Wright.
This is an excerpt of an article Lori Jane Gliha wrote this report for KDVR Fox 31 in Denver.
About Shooter Detection Systems
With over fifteen years of experience in the development and delivery of gunshot detection systems to military and commercial customers, Shooter Detection Systems (SDS) is recognized as the security industry’s leading provider of gunshot detection solutions for schools, businesses, airports, critical infrastructure sites, U.S. Department of Defense bases, Federal Government Agencies and entertainment and manufacturing spaces, including over twenty-percent of Fortune 500 corporations who trust their gunshot solutions to accurately detect and rapidly report gunshots in their environments with zero false alerts. Developed in conjunction with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and a major defense contractor, SDS’ gunshot detection systems are SAFETY Act Certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Approved for U.K. Government Use by the Centre for the Protection of Critical Infrastructure (CPNI), and SL4 Certified by the Australian Government’s Security Construction & Equipment Committee (SCEC), certifications exclusively held by their leading product, the Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System. For more information, visit ShooterDetectionSystems.com, call 1-844-SHOT911, and follow on Twitter @shooterdetect.