TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Terre Haute Police and officials with the Vigo County School Corporation announced a new security plan for schools in the city Monday.
Under the plan, the department would station an officer at each of the twelve county schools in the city. Earlier this year, the school corporation announced a similar plan for the Vigo County Sheriff's Department to post a deputy at schools outside the city.
Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse said having a uniformed officer in each school would reduce response times in cases of a violent attack or other emergency.
"A trained law enforcement officer will be there to deter a would-be attacker and also to confront them head-on," Plasse said. "The response would be immediate."
The city plan would cost $353,000, officials estimated Tuesday. Half of that cost would be paid by the schools while the other half would be paid with funds from the Terre Haute Police seized assets fund, authorities said.
The Vigo County School Board is set to discuss the proposal at its meeting Monday night.
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