EDISON—The township launched a new emergency response radio program last week, directly linking 26 schools, JFK Hospital, Menlo Park Mall and the Job Corps to the police department’s communications center.
“Hopefully, these radios never have to be used, but our response will be better and our community is safer because we have them,” said Mayor Jun Choi.
The radios will be put in the hands of key supervisory personnel at each facility. In the case of an emergency, the radio enables the facility to be in direct contact with Edison Police Department communications center where the emergency communication can be patched through to the responding units whether it is a police car, ambulance or fire truck.
“These radios allow for instantaneous communication and coordination. You can’t patch a phone call through to a patrol car, but with these radios the first responders will have direct communication with the scene to which they are responding. That’s critical,” said Police Director Brian Collier.
The radios are encrypted so the communications will only be heard on the Edison Police Department radio frequency.
The facilities picked to have the radios were identified as dense gathering places for people. The radios will be placed at JFK Hospital, Menlo Park Mall, the Job Corps and in all 17 of Edison’s public schools as well as Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technology, Bishop George Ahr High School, Our Lady Of Peace Elementary School, St. Helena’s Elementary School, St. Matthew the Apostle Elementary School, Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva, Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva, the Wardlaw-Hartridge and the Lakeview School.
This is one aspect of Collier’s greater school security initiative, which has included ongoing surveys of all educational facilities.
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