WALLA WALLA, Wash. - If an emergency situation arises at a Walla Walla Public School, police will now have a bird's eye view, instantly.
For the Walla Walla School District, safety is their top priority. That's why there are already security cameras at six of the ten schools. And plans are in the works to add cameras to the four remaining schools and they should be online by the first day of school.
Now, thanks to a partnership with Walla Walla Electric, police will now have access to that same security camera video. This will help to improve both crisis management procedures and emergency response efforts.
"We just take school safety very seriously and a school camera system is just one of those tools that helps us and managing a school. Schools are a safe place but you can never have enough tools in your tool shed to make sure that you're prepared when it does come time for an emergency," said Mark Higgins with Walla Walla Public Schools.
Walla Walla Public Schools and Walla Walla Electric worked together to make this happen by creating a super server. Walla Walla Electric also showed local law enforcement how to access it, which they can even do from their patrols cars.