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In Jordan, Minnesota, cops are moving their offices into schools

Officials say the plan was prompted by Newtown.
Officials say the plan was prompted by Newtown.
Screengrab from Newtown shooting TV coverage

Instead of arming teachers, the town of Jordan, Minnesota is moving police officers into schools.

SEE ALSO: Minnesota law already allows teachers to carry guns in classrooms

In the small Scott County town, city, police, and school officials have teamed up on a plan to rotate the office of the town's police chief, a, police detective, and an officer between the local elementary, middle school, high school, alternative school and a private school.

From KSTP:

The satellite offices would reduce police response time at the schools from three to four minutes to 30 to 60 seconds, Malz estimates.

The new offices would face a large window overlooking the schools' front doors. Police would have computers connected to their internal police system. However, police business, such as suspect interviews, would be done at the main station - away from school.

Implementing the plan will cost $20,000.

In an interview with KARE, Stacy DeCorsey, principal of Jordan Elementary, says the plan represents officials' response to the Newtown school shooting.

"After Sandy Hook, we knew we needed to upgrade security district-wide," she said. "This is an innovative and unique strategy."


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