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MUNCIE, Ind. — Muncie Community Schools has secured $600,000 in state and federal grants to upgrade security.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) awarded the district $500,000 for 482 new cameras to be installed throughout school facilities.

The new devices, which will replace 322 existing cameras, are cloud-based with updated technology that will allow for remote access and enhanced security, the district says.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security awarded another $100,000 for the purchase of 28 new portable radios for staff use during regular operations and in case of emergency.

“We had to beat out many other applicants for these funds, which indicates that others believe in our plans and what we’re doing to provide the best learning environment possible