Council considers resolution to place panic button at municipal building

Council considers resolution to place panic button at municipal building

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro city council committee passed a resolution Tuesday night to install a panic button system into the Municipal Building on Church Street.

The Rave Mobile Safety Panic Button System was installed in school districts across Arkansas in 2015 after the passage of House Bill 1653.

If the full city council approves the resolution to install the system in the Municipal Building, it would be the first in the state.

"They want us to be the first municipal center in the state to do this," Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott said. "It's sort of a pilot program for them."

According to the resolution, the agreement set out between the city of Jonesboro and Rave Mobile Safety would be for a period of one year and will be at no cost to the city.

"It just gives another layer of security to the people in city hall," Chief Elliot said. "If things go bad, they have an app on their phone and can hit the panic button."

Chief Elliott said the system would be just like what school districts in Arkansas have.

"If you need police, fire, or if it's an active shooter, there's a button just for that," Chief Elliott said. "That way, you get help immediately and you still text to give updates to dispatch."

The full city council will consider the resolution at their next council meeting in February.

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