NEW LONDON - School security is now a bit tighter in New London.
The district, thanks to private donations, as of the past few days, now has police radios in the district's public and private schools.
It's a simple idea.
"This gives us another layer of yeah, I think we are prepared," said New London School District Administrator Bill Fitzpatrick.
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," said Police Chief Jeff Schlueter.
Thanks to donations from the community, the district and police department raised nearly $16,000 to buy 13 new police radios.
"The whole community got together and all we heard was positive feedback from them, so it was really nice to see that," said Schlueter.
The idea came in response to the Newtown, Conn. 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 by saying what are our core responsibilities and certainly it's teaching and learning and keeping our kids safe at school," said 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.
"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."
A question Schlueter hopes never gets answered.
"The police department and 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."
Now just a push of a button away.
Schlueter says other area police departments are interested in a similar program.
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