Key committee supports Steuerwald’s proposal helping schools install rapid response systems

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Tuesday, January 29, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 29, 2019) – The House Committee on Veterans Affairs and Public Safety today voted in support of State Rep. Greg Steuerwald’s (R-Avon) proposal helping schools install rapid response systems.

Steuerwald said House Bill 1225 would open up funding through the Indiana Secured School Safety Grant Fund for schools to install active event warning systems. He said these systems operate on a mobile app, and when activated during an emergency, alert all on-duty and off-duty police officers in the area.

“While some schools currently implement rapid response systems, my proposal would help provide a funding option to schools with limited financial resources,” Steuerwald said. “These systems cut response times for public safety officials, which is key to saving lives in active shooter situations. Because they are so effective with getting vital information to law enforcement, we want to ensure every school has the opportunity to install rapid alert systems.” 

According to Steuerwald, schools and local sheriff’s departments would work together to apply for funding for rapid response systems through the Indiana Secured School Safety Grant Fund. 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.

The Indiana Sheriff’s Association, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana School Boards Association and Indiana Catholic Conference support Steuerwald’s proposal.

After today’s unanimous support by the committee, the bill can now be considered by all members of the House of Representatives.

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State Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon) represents House District 40, which includes a portion of Hendricks County.

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