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Area schools receive grant money for security upgrades

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Nearly a dozen high schools and two local colleges will be working on projects this summer to improve student safety, thanks to a grant from the state of Illinois.

John Wood Community College is just one of the schools on that list. JWCC Police Chief Bill LaTour says the college will get just over $33,000 to buy new portable radios.
He says they'll make it easier to communicate with emergency agencies, especially when it matters most.

"It's important to be able to talk to the local responding agencies if we have any type of emergency, like an active shooter type situation," LaTour said. "The way it is now, the only way for us to communicate with the police department would be through 911 via cell phone."

Western Illinois University will also receive nearly $110,000 to install card readers at Grote Hall and upgrade its dispatch center. Eleven other high schools and elementary schools in the area also received grant money.

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