New Door-Locking System Increases NYC Public School Safety
by Mindy Cohn
New York City is starting the new school year with a new door-locking system, as reported by BoroPark24 here, which is just part of the Phase 1 security measures being put in place for New York City public schools.
Other components of the new safety measures, which include a special focus on 250 public schools judged as at-risk, include an ability to text tips to an anonymous hotline, the launching of a school safety command center, ballistic vests for unarmed NYPD School Safety Agents, and a $78 million investment in technology.
Previously, all doors at public schools were kept locked and alarmed, except the front door, which was staffed by an NYPD School Safety Agent. Starting Thursday, 744 elementary schools will lock their front doors through a camera system to monitor all comings and goings.