Sheriff’s office using phone app to monitor schools

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VERMILLION COUNTY, (WTHI) – Smart phones and apps can do a world of good, but one law enforcement agency is putting them to work in a pretty interesting way.

The Vermillion County Sheriff’s Office has a pretty unique app. They’ve had it for about a year now and they said it does not cost them.

It allows them to survey what’s happening on the inside of Vermillion County schools 24 hours a day. This isn’t an app that the public can access. Deputies can enter a password and see what’s happening at all times.

The North and South Vermillion school districts set the system up with multiple cameras in each of the schools.

“This is mainly, if there is an incident, then we know where are people are, where the bad guy could be, if that incident should ever occur, or if they had a problem between a student and teacher,” Vermillion County Chief Deputy Mike Phelps said.

The office also uses a large monitor in its dispatch center to help survey schools. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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