Video monitoring system will connect Hobbs schools to police

Posted at: 02/18/2014 6:20 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It’s something that officers said could really help if they are responding to an emergency at a school.

Soon one New Mexico police department will be able to see inside a school instantly before even getting to the scene.

Hobbs police chief Chris McCall said a monitoring system will give officers instant access into every security camera in the school district.   

"We'll not only be able to see what's going on, we'll also be able to access recorded information, so we'll be able to go back to the incident and start our investigation from that point moving forward as the officers are responding," said McCall. "We think this is going to be a force multiplier for us whenever we're responding to emergencies."

The room will be staffed with police personnel , so in an emergency situation they can look into the school while simultaneously directing first responders.

McCall said not only will officers be able to see the emergency in real time, "they'll know what they're getting into prior to their arrival," said McCall.

Something McCall said will help the Hobbs police department be better prepared in the event of a school shooting.

“We really started looking at this type of technology several years ago when Sandy Hook school shooting occurred.  It really brought it to the forefront of our attention and we really started concentrating heavily on trying to find ways to help protect our schools and our school children," said McCall.