School district gets security command center

LOVINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) – Command centers aren’t just for law enforcement anymore.

One New Mexico school district has installed a high-tech surveillance system so it can keep an eye on every school.

Lovington School officials say they’ve implemented a security command center just in case a major emergency like the Roswell school shooting were to happen.

“Just to be able to get more specific with where a problem is occurring and we can then better be able to serve the kids and the rest of that building in regards to their safety,” said Lovington Schools Superintendent Darin Manes.

The monitoring system, sitting in the Superintendent’s office, is made up of more than 500 cameras set up in Lovington’s 11 schools.

It allows teachers and police to virtually step into any of the district’s buildings.

“I can access every camera in the school district individually or I can group them together to see different angles,” Manes said.

Manes says in an emergency, police would respond to the command center.

There, they will be able to monitor an active crime scene and notify others inside of a particular building where the threat is.

On a daily basis, it’s used to make sure no one is fighting and there are is no one suspicious walking the halls of any schools.

Parents say they’re thrilled with the new system.

“That makes me feel a little better and a little more secure,” said Sandra Valencia.

The system is always recording and saves videos for up to one month.

If parents want to view specific incidents regarding their children, the district is able to pull up that footage.

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