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Federal Grant for School Safety in Moline

Hoping to improve school safety, the Moline School District and Moline Police Department have won a grant from the U.S Department of Justice.

The $111,000 from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) will allow the school district to buy Omnilert, a mass notification system, and 18 security cameras.

Moline Chief of Police Darren Gault says the goal of the grant is to keep schools safe.

"We're hoping that our part of the project will add deterrence methods or even investigative methods to any incident that involves one of our 12 schools in the city of Moline."

In Gault's words, the security cameras will allow Moline police to "prepare, respond, and prosecute."

"It is important for us to be vigilant in preparation not only in school violence, deterrence, or prevention or response. I don't want us to be a community that feels like any of these incidents will never happen in our community."

The schools include the high school, two middle schools, 9 elementaries, and Seton Catholic School.

He hopes the cameras will be up and running by the fall.