More Schools Across U.S. Upgrade Campus Safety

Here’s another update on some of the K-12 school security improvements that have recently been or will be implemented or considered for deployment.

The Belleville Public School District in New Jersey has almost completed a $2 million school security plan that includes armed officers and technology upgrades, reports the Belleville Patch. Nearly 1,000-camera video surveillance equipment will be installed, and radio-frequency identification (RFID) will be embedded in ID cards for tracking purposes. Additionally, the district has hired Bill Escott as school security director.

The Waco (Texas) ISD board approved $43,664 in new safety measures July 25, reports KWTX. The networking service called COPsync will allow local police and 24 of the district’s schools to more efficiently communicate during an emergency.

In Des Moines, Iowa, the Ankeny school board approved a three-year contract with NPI Security for four armed officers. The move will cost slightly less than $119,000, reports the Des Moines Register. The district has also hired Chad Bentzinger as its first safety manager.

In Knoxville, Tenn., Knox County Schools will add 58 armed officers to its current roster of 45 officers, reports Knox News. The move will cost $1.9 million and will put at least one armed officer in each of the district’s schools.

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