Possible Metal Detectors for Local Schools

By: Lisa Blackwell
By: Lisa Blackwell

Dothan City Schools could soon be getting more protection against weapons.

The fund approval process is underway.

The Dothan City Commission voted to approve $17,805 of matching funds for 26 hand held metal detectors for all the city schools.

This move paves the way to apply for a safe schools grant, which will provide the other half of the money.

The wand style detectors will be used full time at Pass Academy, which already has stationary detectors.

At the other schools, they will be used for special events.

Dothan Police Maj. Nicholas Monday said, “Once they set up scanning, they'll scan everyone. If it's an event like a basketball game, they'll be stationed at a point and they'll scan everyone that comes through.”

If teachers suspect that a student may be armed, they can have the student scanned.

Dothan Police Sgt. Benny Baxley says if, “They suspect any kind of metal device, they can take that portable detector to the classroom and scan them to see if there's any metal object on the student.”

The move to have portable scanners in all schools is a precautionary one.

Officials are hoping to implement the new security devices sometime during the 2008-2009 school year.

The grant also provides for 14 laptops that officers can use in their cars.

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