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Schools Could Get “Panic Alarms”

Sacramento, CA — A former Mother Lode Assemblymember would like to see schools equipped with a quicker way to notify law enforcement in the event of an emergency.


Assembly Bill 1076, introduced by Kristin Olsen, passed through the Assembly Education Committee yesterday. “This is low hanging fruit in providing solutions to improve school safety for students, staff and administrators,” she said.


Panic buttons could be located in places like classrooms, cafeterias and auditoriums. Instead of dialing 911, a school official could send a distress signal to first responders. She notes that if you have an active shooter or intruder, a panic button could summon law enforcement when calling the police isn’t practical. It is noted that the equipment would be installed upon availability of federal funds.


Olsen represents District 12, which covers portions of the Central Valley.


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