MILFORD, Mass. – In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting in December, the Milford Police Department on Tuesday distributed emergency radios that schools can use for direct contact with police – what Police Chief Tom O’Loughlin calls “the first of its kind nationally.”
Here’s the press release from Milford Police Chief Tom O’Loughlin:
“Today, as part of our continuing effort to improve safety and security for young people in the Town of Milford, the Milford Police Department issued portable police radios to the Milford Public Schools, the Milford Catholic School, the Milford Library and the Milford Youth Center.
Police Chief Tom O’Loughlin, Fire Chief John Touhey and School Superintendent Robert Tremblay, Library Director Susan Edmonds, Youth Center Director Sidney DeJesus and Catholic School Principal Adrea Tavaska have been communicating since the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., to determine what, if any, additional measures we can undertake to ensure the safety of young people.
In 2011, Chief O’Loughlin and Chief Touhey replaced the police officer and firefighter portable radios. Working with Superintendent Tremblay and George Voorhees from Voorhees Communication, Inc., we refurbished 21 portable radios for the Milford Public Schools, one radio for the Milford Youth Center, two radios for the Milford Public Library and one radio for the Milford Catholic School.
In times of emergency seconds count!!!
The public safety radios will afford the staff at each of the schools, the library and the youth center to communicate amongst themselves on a daily basis on a local frequency, and in an emergency where police, fire or EMS services are needed, they will be able to communicate directly to the Milford Police dispatcher and responding police officers, firefighters and paramedics.
This effort, the first of its kind nationally, places the services of the police department at the fingertips of school administrators and staff, library and youth center staff, and it affords them with the ability to communicate directly with the responding officers and the public safety dispatcher.”