May 28, 2022 – In Breaking News – Reuters
Investigators in Texas were seeking to determine on Saturday how critical mistakes were made in the response to the deadly Uvalde shooting, including why nearly 20 police officers remained outside a grade school classroom as children placed panicked 911 calls for help.
Why the officers waited in the hallway nearly an hour before entering and fatally shooting the gunman is at the heart of an ongoing probe by the Texas Department of Public Safety into the massacre of 19 children and two teachers in the deadliest U.S. school shooting in nearly a decade.
(Texas authorities are now admitting they botched the response to the school shooting in Uvalde, waiting too long to save children inside who were calling police to beg for help. 21 people died in the mass shooting. Courtesy of TODAY and YouTube. Posted on May 28, 2022.)
Investigators are also still searching for a motive for the attack. Salvador Ramos, a high school dropout, had no criminal record and no history of mental illness.
At least two children placed 911 calls from a pair of adjoining fourth-grade classrooms after 18-year-old Ramos entered on Tuesday with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, Colonel Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said earlier this week.
(Steven McCraw, director for the Texas Department of Public Safety, says the on-scene commander during the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School made the wrong decision and did not attempt to breach the classroom where the gunman was quickly enough. Courtesy of CNN and YouTube. Posted on May 27, 2022.)
“He’s in room 112,” a girl whispered on the phone at 12:03 p.m., more than 45 minutes before a U.S. Border Patrol-led tactical team stormed in at 12:51 p.m. and ended the siege at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, a town of 16,000 people west of San Antonio.
The same girl had implored the 911 operator to “please send the police now” at 12:43 p.m. and again four minutes later.
The on-site commander, the chief of the school district’s police department, believed at the time that Ramos was barricaded inside and that children were no longer at immediate risk, giving officers time to prepare, McCraw said.
(People are outraged over law enforcement’s response to Tuesday’s shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. CBS News’ Omar Villafranca explains why the investigation is now turning to the police response. Courtesy of CBS News and YouTube. Posted on May 28, 2022.)
Continue reading… Investigators question delayed police response in Texas school shooting
A Family Assistance Center has been setup at the Uvalde County Fairplex (located at 215 Veterans Lane in Uvalde) to address the immediate needs and provide information, support and resources to those directly affected by the Robb Elementary School Tragedy. pic.twitter.com/obvFYz9uYw
— Texas DPS (@TxDPS) May 27, 2022
Intrado Corporation Takes Platinum and Gold in the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program
American Security Today’s Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program, and now in its Seventh Year, continues to recognize industry leaders of Physical and Border Security, Cybersecurity, Emergency Preparedness – Management and Response, Law Enforcement, First Responders, as well as federal, state and municipal government agencies in the acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to Keep our Nation Secure.
Intrado Corporation (First of Two)
Best Risk, Crisis Management Solution
As students return to on-campus learning and as safety threats continue to evolve, schools across North America are leveraging Intrado’s trusted solutions for school safety management to manage risks and strengthen their crisis response capabilities.
Intrado Safety Suite is an unrivaled set of tools designed to help schools address safety threats from every angle. It is made up of three best-in-class solutions that are powerful on their own but even stronger when used together.
The suite helps schools take a complete and integrated approach to safety threat response.
(See how the Intrado Safety Suite can create safer environments for students, faculty, and parents by providing an end-to-end solution to manage safety events from incident detection all the way to resolution. Courtesy of Intrado and YouTube.)
Comprised of Intrado Safety Shield (emergency response management), Intrado Revolution (on-campus communications), and SchoolMessenger Communicate (mass notification), Intrado Safety Suite allows educational leaders to work closely with 911 dispatchers and first responders to respond to emergencies and ultimately protect their communities more effectively.
Intrado Corporation (Second of Two)
Best IT Disaster Preparedness & Recovery Solution
Operations at educational institutions can be disrupted by situations like natural disasters, structure fires, school violence, campus vandalism, and more. Intrado Safety Suite was created to help schools address the disaster preparedness and recovery challenges such events bring about.
Intrado Safety Suite is made up of three unique solutions: Intrado Safety Shield (for end-to-end emergency response management), Intrado Revolution (for on-campus communication management), and SchoolMessenger Communicate (for mass notification).
Intrado Safety Shield allows for end-to-end disaster response management, enabling schools to digitize emergency operations plans and data, provide guidance to staff on response tasks, enhance situational awareness, achieve faster and more accurate emergency dispatch, and much more.
Intrado Revolution allows technology leaders to operate on-campus communications endpoints such as digital signage, strobe lights, speakers, sirens, bell systems, and much more from one interface to direct students and staff to safety in evacuation situations.
SchoolMessenger Communicate is the most tested and trusted school notification system in North America, with a long track record of helping schools communicate successfully in crisis situations.
In addition, Intrado technology helps process more than 90% of 911 calls across North America and serves more than 63,000 K-12 and higher education institutions. With more than 20+ years of experience in education and 40+ years of experience in public safety, Intrado has a pedigree that no one else in education can match.
*Intrado was also a Multiple-Award Winner in the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Awards Programs.
The United States was forever changed 20 years ago on September 11th, and we were fortunate to have many of those who responded to those horrific tragedies join us at the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon.In the days that followed 9/11, the critical needs of protecting our country catapulted us into new and innovative ways to secure our homeland – which is how many of the agencies and enterprise organizations that are today ‘ASTORS’ Awards Champions, came into being.
Our 2021 keynote speaker featured a moving and informative address from TSA Administrator and Vice-Admiral of the United States Coast Guard (Ret), David Pekoske; to our attendees who traveled from across the United States and abroad, on the strategic priorities of the 64,000 member TSA workforce in securing the transportation system, enabling safe, and in many cases, contactless travel.
Legendary Police Commissioner William Bratton of the New York Police Department, the Boston Police Department, and former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department was also live at the event, meeting with attendees and signing copies of his latest work ‘The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America,’ courtesy of the generosity of our 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Premier Sponsors.
The 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is Proudly Sponsored by New PLATINUM SPONSOR: NEC National Security Systems (NSS), New Premier Sponsors Rajant Corporation, and guardDog AI, and returning Sponsors to date, Automatic Systems, RX Global, and SIMS Software!
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In 2021 over 200 distinguished guests representing Federal, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms gathered from across North America, Europe, and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields which included:
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Today’s new generation of public safety and security experts need real-time knowledge to deal with domestic and international terrorism, lone wolf attacks, unprecedented urban violence, shifts in society, culture, and media bias – making it increasingly difficult for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Military and Private Security Professionals to implement coordinated security measures to ensure national security and improve public safety.
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