Resources Added to School Safety Programs

Bolstering Security
Posted on 12/05/2018
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Akron Public Schools have been awarded a grant of nearly $114,000 for efforts to prevent violence and improve security at schools.

The money comes from the U.S. Justice Department’s Cops Office School Violence Protection Program. The school district and the Akron Police Department have pledged a combined $19 million as a match to the grant.

The money will pay for new laptops, projectors and digital cameras for school resource officers, Carol McCullough, the grant writer for Akron’s Police Department, told City Council’s Public Safety committee Monday.

Resource officers use the projectors to expose students to information on topics such as bullying, sexting and guns, knives and dangerous weapons, said Dan Rambler, director of student support services and security.

The resource officers don’t wear body cameras inside the schools, so the cameras will be used to take photos of evidence, McCullough said.

The grant money also will be spent on equipment used to break through barricades and new walk-through metal detectors.

Some detectors, installed in the late 1980s, need to be replaced, Rambler said. The district wants two detectors in schools that have large student bodies because of school mergers over the past few years.

Rambler said the district and its resource officers are invested in prevention efforts which extend to the resource officers, who are selected through a joint effort of the schools and police department.

“Our efforts go beyond protection,” he said. “We have a lot of officers who build phenomenal relationships with kids.”
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