Senate OKs plan to allow schools to hire armed guards

May 02, 2013 09:39 AM

 

Schools could hire trained, armed security personnel if a bill approved by the Senate on Tuesday becomes law. The proposal by Sen. Dick Brewbaker is one of several recommended to improve school safety in the state after the December shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. “I do think the world has changed a lot in the last few years,” Brewbaker, R-Pike Road, said. Currently, local law enforcement can pay deputies and police to patrol campuses, but school boards cannot use their funds to pay for armed resource officers or guards. The sponsor said currently superintendents who want armed officers have to make the request of a sheriff or police chief “and hope that he’s willing to provide that.” To qualify to work on a campus, the officer would have to have successfully completed 16 hours of firearm training approved by the Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission and annually pass firearm requalification required of law enforcement officers. More...

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