House passes Steuerwald’s legislation to help keep schools safe

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Thursday, February 7, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 7, 2019) – The House of Representatives unanimously voted in support of State Rep. Greg Steuerwald’s (R-Avon) proposal providing schools and local sheriff’s departments another tool to protect students.

To help schools implement app-based active event response systems, House Bill 1225 would open up funding through the Indiana Secured School Safety Grant Program. Steuerwald said when an emergency arises, these apps are activated, and 911 call centers and all on-duty and off-duty police officers in the area are alerted.

“Ensuring students have a safe place to learn and grow is vital,” Steuerwald said. “In an active shooter situation or other emergencies, cutting response times is key to saving lives. With this technology, all police in the area are instantly contacted and important information is passed along so they can act.”

According to Steuerwald, schools and local sheriff’s departments would work together to apply for funding for active event response systems through the Indiana Secured School Safety Grant Program. Established in 2013, the program supports initiatives to help schools address potential safety threats. To date, the program has delivered more than $53 million in matching grants to school districts across the state.

App-based active event warning systems are being used in Porter County and by the Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation. Both the Porter County sheriff and Greenfield-Central schools superintendent testified in support of Steuerwald’s proposal. Other supporters include the Indiana Sheriff’s Association, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana School Boards Association and Indiana Catholic Conference.

Steuerwald’s bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

-30-

State Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon) represents House District 40,

which includes a portion of Hendricks County.

Click here to download a high-resolution photo.