- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - The Bellingham school district will be installing panic buttons in its buildings to provide a direct line to law enforcement during an emergency.

The Bellingham Herald reports (https://is.gd/mAXGZO ) the technology is being paid for by a nearly $440,000 grant from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Bellingham is one of 80 districts throughout the state sharing in nearly $7 million in school safety grants from the agency. The program is intended to reduce police response time for school emergencies.

Bellingham’s recent $160 million bond included about $2 million to improve school safety. Other safety projects covered by the local bond include intrusion detection systems, video cameras, lighting and locking systems.

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Information from: The Bellingham Herald, https://www.bellinghamherald.com

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