Rio Rancho Schools awarded funds for gunshot detection system

Education

Rio Rancho Public Schools wants to be better able to protect students in the event of a shooting. 

The district has been granted money from the state to buy a gunshot detection system. 

If a school shooting were to happen, the system would tell administrators and police officers exactly where the shooter is and what kind of gun is being used. 

“They do have access to our video system so they can bring up live video in the dispatch center as well, and that way when responding officers who are responding to the scene can give a fairly precise location of the shooter,” said Michael Baker, Chief Operations Officer at Rio Rancho Public Schools. 

The district also asked the legislature to approve money for more fencing. 

In all, they were awarded $566,000. They must come up with a nearly $200,000 match. 

Board members will vote on that Thursday night.

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