Madison County Sheriff offering school security assessments

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 11:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 23 at 6:35 AM

GRANITE CITY, Il (KMOV.com) --In the wake of a spate of school shootings, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department plans to evaluate more than a dozen schools in the county to make sure they’re prepared for a crisis.

The superintendent for the Granite City School District, Dr. Harry Briggs says administrators have a close relationship with the local police department. Briggs also says all of the district’s buildings have lockdown capacity and the high school has a $500,000 security camera system.

However, the superintendent says more needs to be done, starting with more school resource officers.

According to Briggs, the district has two resource officers, but the cost of adding more is prohibitive. He hoped help will come from the federal level

“That’s hopefully what the obama administration will do,” Briggs said. “Years ago when we instituted a resource officer program in schools, we had funding from the state, and from the federal government. And I’m hopeful that some of that will come back. I think certainly, in light of what’s happened that it’s needed.”

In the meantime, the Sheriff’s Department is offering building walk-throughs that would allow officers to evaluate facilities and make recommendations to increase student safety. 

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