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COLUMBIA, Ill. (KSDK) – A new phone app hopes to reduce response time of police and increase defense in the event of a school shooting.

Tuesday, school officials and police will do a demonstration for SchoolGuard, which is an app that helps schools and police should a shooting situation occur. Teachers and staff download the app on their phone and press the panic button in the wake of an active shooting situation. The alert is immediately sent to mobile phones of all federal, state and local officers.

The app also dials 911 and connects the teacher or staff member with emergency services.

According to Homeland Security, the average response time in a shooting situation is 18 minutes. In addition, according to Stoptheshootings.org, more than 385 school shootings have been recorded across the country since 1992.

The demonstration as well as a news conference will take place Tuesday afternoon at The Falls in Columbia, Ill.

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