- Associated Press - Friday, September 4, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) - Officials say a new alert system is being installed in Central Fall’s public schools that aim to make it easier for teachers to alert officials to an emergency.

Mayor James Diossa’s office said Wednesday the program, COPsync911, allows a teacher to click one button on their computer screen or tap a button on their cell phone to alert police, emergency responders and other staff members to a threat.

Officers receive the alert directly to the computers in their patrol cars. They will be able to access the location of the school on a map and view a diagram of the building’s interior.

Officials say Central Falls is the first in Rhode Island to install the system, which initially cost the city $11,400.

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