Local schools continue bolstering security

Metropolitan School District of Wabash County has been beefing up security over the years. They've added security cameras and hand-held metal detectors to their reportare.

Posted: Mar 19, 2019 8:38 AM

WABASH, Ind. (WFFT) - Schools around the country are bolstering security measures to make sure their students are safe.

"We have 2,000 kids and staff approximately in the Metropolitan School District."

And that's a lot of people to watch and make sure are safe. Metropolitan School District of Wabash County has been beefing up security over the years. They've added security cameras and hand-held metal detectors to their reportare. But beginning in 2019, they'll be adding two resource officers to the district which will help cut down on the few incidents at the schools according to superintendent Mike Keaffaber.

"Whether it's a student situation or maybe even a parent situation that we've called the sheriff's department and I think most schools do something like that."

The district is split into north and south. So one school resource officer will be in charged of Northfield Jr/Sr High, Sharp Creek and Metro North Elementary School, where the other SRO will focus on Southwood Jr/Sr High, Southwood Elementary and White's Jr/Sr High.

Wabash County Sheriff Ryan Baker says the SROs are needed, but not just for student safety.

"I think this is a great way to help ensure safety in the school and also build positive relationships with police officers. I think those two things are a huge benefit."

The Wabash County Sheriff is currently accepting applications for two officers who could be school resource officers for MSD Wabash at the start of the 2019 school year.

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