The Hallsville Police Department is welcoming another East Texas police department to the COPsync911 family. The Jefferson Police Department just joined the alert system. It allows police stations to communicate and share information with each other. COPsync911 is a database program used in police patrol cars.
Hallsville police said they can look up incident history and information when receiving emergency calls. Schools, churches, businesses and day cares can use this program to connect immediately with law enforcement officers.
Hallsville Police Chief Paul Montoya said of the 254 counties in Texas, almost 245 of them have COPsync911. He says it helps improve their communication between other agencies.
“If there’s a violent encounter or active shooter, heaven forbid, in any of these locations, teachers can just go on their computers and click the emergency button. The 5 closest COPsync users will get the alert on their computers and know to go directly to that address,” said Montoya.
He says the program allows for quicker response times and overall safer communities. Chief Montoya said the next step is to try and get COPsync911 in Hallsville day cares and churches.