ROSELLE – Work is underway at Abraham Clark High School, Leonard V. Moore Middle School and Grace Wilday Middle School on the installation of external security cameras, funded with a U.S. Department of Justice “Secure Our Schools Grant” of $95,055.
Roselle Borough and Roselle Board of Education are also providing matching funds to complete the project in time for the opening of the school year in September.
Although the three public schools already have a video camera security system, it is not linked to Roselle Police Headquarters. The new system will provide the Roselle Police Department with 24/7 coverage of the school entrances and other exterior building areas, said Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley.
“This initiative is part of our ongoing effort to make the Roselle schools among the safest in the nation,” Holley said. “Until we have accomplished that goal, our work is not done.”
Through this technology, the Roselle Board of Education can give the Roselle Police Department real-time access to cameras inside the schools in an emergency. Video will be relayed to monitors and recorders in Roselle Police Headquarters, as well as laptop computers in police vehicles, when needed.
Schools Superintendent Dr. Kevin West said there will be 20 new cameras installed at Abraham Clark High School, 14 new cameras at Grace Wilday Middle School and 12 new cameras installed at Leonard V. Moore Middle School. The new cameras will record in color and have tilt, pan and zoom capabilities.
All eight schools in the Roselle district are currently equipped with internal surveillance systems, Dr. West said.
As part of the Borough of Roselle’s Community Policing Strategy, information about the new camera system will be provided to PTO representatives, said Roselle Police Chief Jerry Orlando.
“Parents and guardians will be well-informed of the improved security measures being made for their children,” he said. “The augmented camera system is part of a program to provide a safer learning environment. The new cameras and fiber optic link to police headquarters will enable the Roselle Police Department and Roselle school personnel to monitor building exteriors and school grounds at all three schools.”
West noted the system will have the capacity to add the district’s three elementary schools in the future. It will also provide the Roselle Police Department with “first look” capabilities when alarms are generated from the high school, the two middle schools or the Superintendent’s office.
“We all agree this new video equipment will further reduce the likelihood of problematic incidents or criminal behavior because of the well-documented deterrent value of video camera systems,” the mayor said. “This is an important initiative as our children return to school for the fall. We’re pleased the system will be in place on Day One.”
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