1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.The Akron Public Schools and Akron Police Department randomly select middle and high schools to set-up portable metal detectors and check for weapons and contraband being brought to school by students. Once students enter the school grounds they are not allowed to leave until they have gone through the detector.
2. When was the program created and why?
The program was initiated November 8, 1995 with a demonstration set up at a local high school. There were a number of accidental shootings and assaults with fire arms in the Akron area. This program was designed to prevent these activities from reaching the school grounds.
3. How do you measure the programís effectiveness?
By comparing the number of students caught with weapons at school now and before the metal detectors were in place. The amount of contraband has also decreased at these random check..
4. How is the program financed?
The program was started with a grant from the State Department of Education and Criminal Justice. The amount of $153,226.00 was made available to purchase portable metal detectors and mobile radios.
5. How is the community involved in the program, if at all. How has the community responded to the program?
There were questions as to the need for these measures, but the community was able to see that it was for the safety of the children and staff of the schools.
6. Contact person:
Sgt. George Witeoff, Akron Police Department,, 217 S. High St. Akron, Ohio 44308, TX- 375-2900 / Fax 375-2107.
Kevin Shirey, Board of Education Contact, 70 N. Broadway Akron, Ohio 44308, TX- 761-2819 / Fax 761-3224.
The United States Conference of Mayors
J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
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