COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday announced the creation of the new Ohio School Safety Center.
The center will begin operating on Thursday.
DeWine signed an executive order during a press conference at 10 a.m. to establish the center, which is a new division within Ohio Homeland Security. You can watch the full press conference in the video above.
The School Safety Center will be made up of seven staff members who are going to look for potential threats online and work with law enforcement and school officials to subvert those threats.
“This will be a comprehensive, statewide school safety office that will assist schools and law enforcement in attempting to prevent, prepare for and respond to threats and acts of violence,” DeWine said.
DeWine mentioned multiple school shootings that have occurred in Ohio, including incidents at Madison Jr./Sr. High School in 2016 and West Liberty-Salem High School in 2017.
Several school districts have already taken increased security into their own hands.
Columbus City Schools officials say they’re introducing 31 additional security staff members who will have a bigger presence, especially at elementary schools.
After the Dayton mass shooting earlier this month, DeWine unveiled a 17-point action plan gun sale background checks and mental health programs.
Many of those items dealt with increasing penalties for felons who possess a gun illegally, or use a gun in the commission of a crime, or for when a gun is used in the commission of a felony in general, or for when someone makes a strawman purchase for someone else, or for when an adult sells a gun to a minor, to name a few.
Other items dealt with getting people help when they are suffering from mental illness.