District 150 reviews safety plan, increases number of security cameras

By Audrey Williams

January 17, 2013 Updated Jan 18, 2013 at 12:37 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Sandy Hook shooting is prompting District 150 to review its safety plan.

On Monday, the school board held its first meeting since the tragedy and members were briefed on safety procedures.

There are 430 security cameras throughout the district and district officials plan to add 40 more by the end of the year.

Currently, each school can access its own cameras as well as the district resource office. District officials said they are now in talks with the Peoria Police Department about making the feed available to them.

"Wouldn't it be safe for everyone if we were also able to offer those security feeds to city police? Should there be an emergency they could pull those up in their cars and see what is going on in the building before they even arrive," said Chris Coplan, Director of Public Relations for District 150.

Coplan adds, District 150's current security plan includes secure entrances to school buildings and 22 resource officers throughout the district.

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