Indiana schools use key fobs to help in emergencies

May 3, 2018

Crown Point High School, Crown Point, IN.
Credit Wes Aldridge

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Police departments in northwestern Indiana are turning to key fobs as a way to unlock doors at local schools electronically so officers can quickly enter if there's an emergency.

The Times reports that the newly implemented system in Crown Point gives officers access to all doors at every school in the district. Officers will also be issued a school ID card.

Crown Point Police Chief Pete Land says that police previously had to enter through the main doors and be buzzed into the building. He says the department wanted to put a plan in place for emergency situations, such as a school shooting.

St. John, Valparaiso, Michigan City and Portage police also use key fobs or magnetic cards to access schools.