Millennium hired in Ft. Lee
FORT LEE, N.J.—The Fort Lee school district in early March hired systems integrator Millennium Communications Group, to purchase and install a surveillance system at six district schools, according to a report in The Record.
Millennium will also provide training for school personnel. The cost of the project is $234,500.
In the past two years, officials have had cameras installed in other New Jersey school districts such as Hackensack, Lodi, Tenafly, West Milford, Ramsey and the Northern Valley Regional High School District.
The Fort Less system will include 98 cameras that will be placed inside and outside school buildings and will start recording when they sense movement. Recordings will be stored for up to 30 days and erased from the hard drive afterward, according to the report. If an incident occurs, authorities can save the footage for review.
In addition to having a staff person at each campus monitor the videos, officers at the Fort Lee Police Department headquarters will have access to live feeds, officials said.
Saxton said he believes the cameras will be installed by the end of April or beginning of May.
School district Trustee David Sarnoff, who sits on the district's school security committee, said the cameras are part of the first phase of Fort Lee's security operations.
In the past year, representatives for the school district, in partnership with the police department, have reviewed a security audit report and building security, brought on a second school resource officer, and retrained school crossing guards to spot suspicious behavior. The high school also employs security guards.