Gunshot Detection Technology Is Making Schools Safer

Durham Herald Sun, Ray Gronberg | July 31, 2018


Phoenix Academy, a K-8 charter school in High Point, NC, is installing a new censor system that detects within two seconds when gunshots are fired on the property and notifies law enforcement. The system provides a map of where the shooter is located and a photo of the shooter to law enforcement and the school administrators. This system allows the police to track the shooter real time on the school property and alerts the school administration the location of the shooter. “It’s a game changer and it’s going to save lives,” according to Ed Davis, Boston’s former Police Commissioner.

“Schools are not the same as they were 20 years ago,” said Kim Norcross, superintendent of Phoenix Academy. “It’s one of those things where you can never do anything that’s foolproof, but you want to make sure you’ve put in everything you possibly can, that you’ve done everything you can do. If this were to help with response time in a critical event, that’s everything we can do.”