Cop creates app to cut down on police response times

Posted at 8:31 PM, Jul 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-12 04:20:13-04

A recent study by the Wall Street Journal shows the national average for police response times is 11 minutes.

Granted, in mass casualty events like the Dallas police shooting, the Orlando night club shooting, the San Bernardino office shooting, Sandy Hook Elementary and countless others, response times are definitely faster.

In this day and age though, could the response times be faster and could more lives be saved?

Nate McVicker, an 18-year veteran police officer in Illinois, says he has devised a cell phone app that will do just that. It’s called Guard 911. He says 30,000 law enforcement officials have downloaded the app to their cell phones already and its being used in more than a dozen states in the United States right now.

Here’s how it works.  Office buildings, organizations, school systems, you name it, pay a one-time set up fee and then the people who work in that building, get their education at that school and so on, can download the app too.

“What it does is the Guard 911 system places that panic button in the hands of every teacher out there,” says McVicker.

If an active shooter situation were to happen, anyone with the app could activate it.  That would then send an alert to any law enforcement official within the radius pre-set by the entity that bought the app.

For more information on Guard 911, visit their website at