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The state is being called on to create certified School Safety Advocates.  Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton says even if finances weren't an issue, in order to post an officer in every public elementary school in Danbury the city would have to hire 30 additional officers. 

 

He notes that the pressure on training facilities and finding qualified officers will be challenging because it's not just going to be Danbury looking to hire more officers.

 

Boughton says becoming a Police Officer in Connecticut is an intensive and long process that typically takes almost a year for a civilian to become a fully trained certified Police Officer. 

 

The School Safety Advocate would go through a proposed 6-week training academy.  Proposed training would include classes on school security, lock down procedures, first aid and active shooter scenarios.

 

As for arming the advocates, Boughton says that will be a policy decision of the state Legislature.

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