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Hundreds of Indiana schools have requested handheld metal detectors

Posted: 9:08 PM, Jul 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-24 10:02:04Z

INDIANAPOLIS -- Hundreds of Indiana schools have already applied to get free metal detectors under a new program announced by the governor last month. 

Governor Eric Holcomb said as of Monday, more than 3,000 handheld metal detectors had already been requested by 369 different school entities - including 94 percent of all traditional public school corporations. 

The program, announced by Holcomb on July 9, is part of the state's comprehensive approach to bolster its school safety efforts. 

Under the program, schools can get one free handheld metal detector for every 250 students as the department works to improve school safety across the state.

“I am pleased so many of our schools have chosen to request these metal detectors,” Holcomb said. “This program is all about giving local school leaders one more resource at their disposal to include in their safety plans.”

Indiana has taken other steps in the past year to give schools more resources for school safety, including the following in the 2018 legislative session:

  • Made $35 million in low-interest loans available to schools to increase school safety through the Indiana Common School Fund . Applications may be found on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security website .
  • Provided an additional $5 million to support school safety grants recently approved  through IDHS. Those grants, more than $14 million in total, will be put to use for school resource officers, safety equipment and threat assessments.
  • Dedicated $1 million to support a full audit of school safety plans around the state.

Holcomb also put together a school safety task force to develop recommendations for action in advance of the 2019 legislative session. Those recommendations are due in August. 

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