With just the push of a button, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk faculty and staff will be able to connect with the Albany County Sheriff’s 911 Center during an emergency.
According to Sheriff Craig Apple, the district will receive “Control Station” desktop radios and handset radios to be distributed between the four schools and installed in all RCS school buses. Apple says this is part of a push to upgrade safety and potential emergency response and prevention in rural districts.
RCS staff members will be able to push a large orange button on one of the new Motorola radios, which will automatically connect the call to the Albany County Sheriff’s 911 Center. The line will remain open with the call center in case the user is unable to hold the radio.
Sheriff Apple and Acting Chief Deputy Leon Borman demonstrated the new technology at RCS High School in July.
Along with the new handsets and radios, the Sheriff’s Office also upgraded an emergency smart phone app that allows users to link directly to emergency dispatchers or send a text or photo to dispatchers.
Both technologies were funded by seizures in drug and gambling investigations and will be used by the Berne-Knox-Westerlo and Voorheesville school districts as well.
RCS will also have an Albany County Sheriff’s School Resource Officer (SRO) in the district in the 2018-19 school year. The district will be responsible for part of the cost of the officer, as budgeted in the 2018-19 school budget.