Eyes Inside the Schools

By: Meryl Conant
By: Meryl Conant

Could it happen in our schools here? That's the thought on many Valley parent's minds after this week's school shooting tragedy in Minnesota.

Staunton police do have a game plan and even surveillance techniques in place.

One Staunton school is equipped with technology that gives police eyes inside the building.

It's a little black box that could help save your child's life.

"What the Raven does is give the on-scene officers that initial intelligence that could bring the incident to a quick closure," said Scott Cline, President of First Witness Surveillance.

Let's say there's a crisis situation at a local school and a police officer is about to go inside.

With the Raven someone on the outside has a front-row seat.

"They can talk and communicate with the officer inside the school and they can say, 'ok, yea the suspect is coming down the hall. He's got a shot gun, handgun, no weapons what so ever,'" Cline explained.

First Witness invented this technology after Columbine, where police surrounded the school and waited.

Now police go right in and try to get others out.

"Let's say you know your suspects are in the gym then they can corner off the gym and evacuate the rest of the building," Cline said.

Other schools communities in Virginia have the Raven, and Cline says some close to home are looking into it.


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