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AG DeWine Offers Drones, Videos to Enhance School Safety

photo of Mike DeWine
JO INGLES
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU
DeWine is offering schools a drone to take realistic pictures of school grounds.

Ohio’s top law enforcement official is offering two things to school districts statewide to enhance plans to defend their buildings against active shooters.

Schools are already required to provide floor plans as part of their annual safety reports. 

Attorney General Mike DeWine is offering to loan districts one of six drones to to take realistic pictures of their school buildings. He says those pictures will then be loaded into a safety database used by first responders.

“These photos will be accessible to law enforcement only and only for legitimate law-enforcement purposes,” he said.

DeWine’s office is also offering short videos to schools that give school employees information on how to prevent and deal with an active shooter.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.