Utah company creates app to keep schools safe

SALT LAKE CITY — A local company run by a retired Utah police officer thinks it has a product that makes schools safer in the event of a shootings like the one in Texas.

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Justin Chapman served as a Sandy City officer for nearly 3 decades, spending about half of that time teaching the correct active shooter response.

Chapman is now Director of Training for AEGIX AIM, which is short for Active Incident Management. The company has developed an app that coordinates the location of an incident, particularly school buildings, with local first responders and law enforcement.

Once the program is purchased, AEGIX maps the installation and stores it in the application. Then, in the event of a real emergency, a teacher or staff member can immediately relay the location and information to first responders, streamlining the response.

“To give additional information, including images, chat functions, all of that real-time information, and it’s shared by a wide group of people within the school and within the first responder communities so that our responses as first responders can be more specific and certainly more effective and faster,” Chapman said.

AEGIX also offers additional convenience products such as collapsible shields that can be used by first responders as well as teachers and staff at a particular school.

Currently, AEGIX is working with Cache County school officials and law enforcement and hopes more schools will join in soon.

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