System Automatically Dials 911 Using Panic Buttons, Phones

YAPHANK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A new safety system will soon be available to schools and colleges in Suffolk County, so they can establish immediate contact with police if a person with a gun enters the building.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported Saturday morning, the SAVE Emergency Hotline works in two ways – using both panic buttons and telephone receivers that can be placed throughout schools and colleges.

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No school or college is required to participate, said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.

But he said if they do participate, the system will cost a few hundred dollars to install, and staff members will be trained on what to do if a person with a gun enters the building.

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“You pick up that phone, it immediately dials. You don’t have to dial a number,” Bellone said. “It immediately dials and connects you directly, not to a 911 operator, but the supervisor at the 911 communication center.”

And if the hotline is used, the alarm will sound at the county 911 center.

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