New law allows michigan schools to share critical incident mapping

New law allows michigan schools to share critical incident mapping

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By Jo Jackson, Web Editor

For the last 22 years, Michigan school districts have been required by law to submit information to local law enforcement about school building plans, blueprints, or site plans to help police officers respond to emergencies more efficiently. On January 1 a new law gave schools the option to submit Critical Incident Mapping data instead. This is a tool that uses satellite imaging to create a real-life depiction of a building, then places a grid over the map to aid police, fire, and EMS responders in incidents.

If first responders are able to assist in emergencies more efficiently then it protects students from potential danger. Undoubtedly this would be comforting, according to government teacher Dan Gilleran.

“It would [provide more security] because the more information that law enforcement has, the quicker they can respond to an emergency situation,” Gilleran said.