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Security Partnership Made at Morristown-Beard

Police department can access the school's surveillance system at any time.

The Morristown-Beard School donated two mobile computers to the Morris Township Police Department this week. 

The computers will allow the police to access security cameas that are on the school's campus at anytime and see what the cameras are viewing in realtime. 

"If something happens — it could be anything from a bomb threat to an intruder to a fire — that gives us a real edge in terms of responding quickly and assessing the situation," said Chief of Police John McGuinness. "I hope it also gives parents some peace of mind that Morristown-Beard is doing its utmost for campus security."

The school and the police department are planning a special drill this spring to test the new system.

Capts. Richard Ferrone and Robert Duffy each have a computer that they can bring to the school during an emergency to monitor events as they happen. Ferrone, Ptl. Steven Crump, and Hal Freeden, the school's director of security, came up with the idea last October during one of the school's football games. 

"We agreed that we'd love to gain access to the camera system at the school and Crump ran with the idea," Ferrone said.

McGuinness is planning to meeting with representatives from the 14 schools in Morris. He will encourage them to partner with police and allow them to access their surveillance systems. He said the cost of implementing a similar partnership at each school should be minimal since the Beard school already donated the computers to allow the access.

AJ February 22, 2013 at 10:55 PM
So when you say morristown pd, you really mean morristownship pd?
Al Baron February 23, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Did anyone see this report about the number of complaints against police officers in Morris Twp. One of the highest in the State. http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news-2/2013/feb/12/nj-police-complaint-system-broken/
Sam February 23, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Really!?! Thank you Al for posting the link! I am a Morris Township resident and the PD treated me oh so wrong. Will now read the link and see what I can do. I am a 54 year old female and afraid of the PD that I pay taxes to for the last 20 years...it's just not right!!!
Bonnie Arnold Haynes February 24, 2013 at 12:01 AM
How many of these cameras are in locker rooms or places where you would have had A constitutional right to expect privacy? Is this still an all girls school?

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