Updated:MURRYSVILLE, Pa. —
A western Pennsylvania school district is about to begin sending images from 130 surveillance cameras in its buildings to municipal police cars.
Murrysville police Chief Thomas Seefeld says the system in the Franklin Regional School District was in the works long before the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut -- but that police believe the system could help them respond to such an event in this district about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.
District officials tell the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the system should also deter vandalism and other crimes.
The project has been in the works since 2009 when former U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire helped the district obtain a $100,000 grant for software to operate the cameras.
Police officers in their cars will also be able to access digital floor plans of each school building.