Ferguson-Florissant schools invest in high tech surveillance system

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 8 at 12:48 AM

(KMOV.com) -- A school district in suburban St. Louis has invested in an elaborate security system that allows administrators to access surveillance footage from mobile devices.

The Ferguson-Florissant district's 24 schools now have a combined 405 surveillance cameras. Officials told News 4 the district is now working to give police access to real-time surveillance footage.

"We can pinpoint the problem a lot quicker, and hopefully our response time will be a lot quicker to take care of that problem," said Rick Kohnen, with the Florissant Police Department.

Dr. Art McCoy, superintendent of Ferguson-Florissant schools, said events like the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut have stressed the need for increased security.

"In light of recent issues of security throughout the nation, we made sure to step it up two or three notches," said McCoy.

The upgrades were paid for with a $400,000 bond measure passed in 2010.

District officials said the schools are also increasing security staff, with the cost shared by local police.

 

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