Sheriff’s Office will use seized drug money for school ballistic shields

Sheriff Darren E. Campbell, Ellen Gallina, Dr. Alisha Cloer, Mr. Brian Mills – Picture courtesy of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office


Sheriff Darren Campbell announced today, a new initiative by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. The purchasing and stationing of portable ballistic shields to be prepositioned at the elementary schools throughout Iredell County.

“This is just another way we are hardening our schools in an effort to make our schools here in Iredell County more secure, I’m pleased to announce the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office will be pre-deploying the latest technology in bullet resistant shields to our elementary schools. By pre-deploying these assets, we are taking efforts to protect the schools who do not, at this point, have a full time school resource deputy assigned to them”.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office will use over 45,000.00 dollars of Federal Equity Sharing Money, which are seized funds from drug dealers, to purchase the ballistic shields. Sheriff Campbell said, “I cannot think of a better way to use drug dealer’s money in the community, than to protect the students and staff members, as well as our deputies in these schools.

“These shields will be deployed by our deputies or any other responding law enforcement officer, when they respond to the schools to protect those involved while searching and clearing a school for a suspect or suspects. Sheriff Campbell also stated, “They can also be used to increase the survivability of the students and staff when used to shield them while going through lock down procedures or evacuating the schools. We will conduct training with the school staff in the usages of these items and show them how our deputies will utilize them during an incident, if one occurs”.

“Our deputies have conducted over 27,000 school checks using uniformed deputies and plain clothes detectives, we utilize our canines to conduct random searches, and our School Resource Officers are already in the middle and high schools. By adding these shields, this is just another step we can take to be proactive in protecting our children”.

Sheriff Campbell commented, “We hear a lot of talk from a lot of people about how we are going to protect our children and school staffs. This step among others, hopefully shows we as a sheriff’s office recognize the evolving threats to our schools and are taking tangible steps to prevent and mitigate violent events from occurring in them”.

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