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Indiana schools required to have school safety specialists

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Some local deputies are now part of Indiana's School Safety Academy.

Indiana is one of the only states that has a School Safety Academy and it means every district needs to have at least one employed safety specialist on hand. Other teachers or law enforcement can also be certified.

Some Warrick County Deputies have just earned their certification.

The program teaches school districts how to respond quickly to everything from bullying to playground safety to active shooter training.

Those employed by the school have to go through training every year to keep up with safety changes.

"Ten years ago if there was an incident at a school, when law enforcement arrived they would wait for back up and then go in," says Rick Reid. "Now it's totally changed when the first person to arrive has to go in."

Some changes that have also taken place over the years is that now law enforcement has scan cards to go into the school buildings whether the building is on lockdown or whether to school is not in session.

New this year as well is the Warrick County Schools have a certified playground inspector.

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