Digital Imaging for Safe Schools

Arlington and Fairfax counties in Virginia partnered with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in a National Institute of Justice-funded project to employ digital images taken in schools as the foundation for constructing virtual classrooms to be used during a critical incident. With the photos compiled from each school, first responders arriving on scene have access to school maps and floor plans either through the Internet or on a CD-ROM. They can then use the 360-degree images to quickly ascertain trouble spots and develop a tactical plan even before entering the building.

The result of this partnership is a how-to resource guide for public safety practitioners and school administrators to use in developing their own response plans. The guide, published by the IACP Cutting Edge of Technology Project, is titled "Digital Imaging for Safe Schools: A Public Safety Response to Critical Incidents."

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