PORTAGE | If the unthinkable happens within a Portage Township School, officials will be a little more ready thanks to a donation from the Portage Police Department.
The department has donated nine radios, one to be placed within each school building, that will give building principals or their designee direct access to the police department.
Portage police Sgt. Keith Hughes said the radios will be operational May 19 and are programmed only with the Portage police frequency. The radios, he said, are to be used only during an extreme emergency, and will allow building principals to contact police directly. He added that in case of such an emergency, such as a school shooting, the principals have been instructed to contact police through the radios and then dial 911 to provide central dispatch with additional information.
Portage Township Schools superintendent E. Ric Frataccia told the school board this week that, if such an emergency arose in a building, the use of the radios could shave two to three minutes off of the response time by police.