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Police Department Helps with Graduation Security

Updated: Friday, June 6 2014, 04:51 PM CDT
SPRINGFIELD -- It's a big week for area high school seniors, and for the Springfield Police Department.

More than 1,000 students will be walking across the stage at the Prairie Capital Convention Center on Saturday to receive their diplomas. The graduation ceremonies are for Springfield, Lanphier, Southeast, and Glenwood high schools.

The only attendance limit is the center's 6,000 person seating capacity, so District 186 is seeking the Springfield Police Department's help with security.

"There's going to be heavier times at the very beginning of the ceremony, like around an hour before the ceremony, versus during the ceremony," District 186 Director of School Support Rick Sanders said. "So there might be some down time to where we might be able to release some folks and have a second shift coming in."

Six to eight off-duty officers will join school support officers and civilian security to keep students, friends, and family safe on graduation day.

Officers with the Springfield Police Department are paid a flat rate of $25 an hour for their off-duty security work. Police Department Helps with Graduation Security


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