In Jordan, Minnesota, cops are moving their offices into schools
|Screengrab from Newtown shooting TV coverage|
|Officials say the plan was prompted by Newtown.|
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In the small Scott County town, city, police, and school officials have teamed up on a plan to rotate the office of the town's police chief, a, police detective, and an officer between the local elementary, middle school, high school, alternative school and a private school.
The satellite offices would reduce police response time at the schools from three to four minutes to 30 to 60 seconds, Malz estimates.Implementing the plan will cost $20,000.
The new offices would face a large window overlooking the schools' front doors. Police would have computers connected to their internal police system. However, police business, such as suspect interviews, would be done at the main station - away from school.
In an interview with KARE, Stacy DeCorsey, principal of Jordan Elementary, says the plan represents officials' response to the Newtown school shooting.
"After Sandy Hook, we knew we needed to upgrade security district-wide," she said. "This is an innovative and unique strategy."