DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN)— Dothan City Schools are adding additional layers of security to ensure the safety of students and staff.

On Thursday, August 31, Dothan City Schools completed the first phase of the OPENGATE Weapon Detection Systems installation at Dothan High School, Dothan Preparatory Academy, Carver 9th Grade Academy, and Girard Intermediate School.

Phase two of the installation process is expected to begin within the next couple of months. This will include implementing the weapons detection systems on all other Dothan City School campuses by the end of the year.

According to DCS, the OPENGATE Weapon Detection Systems units automatically screen people, their backpacks and bags, to detect metallic mass casualty threats such as high caliber assault weapons and IED Devices. They were purchased with grant funding from the Department of Justice.

The units will also be placed at Dothan City School sporting venues like Rip Hewes Stadium.