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Newtown officials working on school security plans

In her latest blog posting Tuesday, First Selectman Pat Llodra says she along with the superintendent of schools and the police chief have met several times this summer to discuss security plans.  They are moving forward on three fronts--short term, mid-term and long term plans. 


The discussions were for all schools except Sandy Hook Elementary.  A separate plan has been made for the school currently located in Monroe.


In the short term, Newtown Police will be assigned to the elementary schools using overtime funding.  Each school will be served by armed security guards in addition to an armed officer. 


The mid-range plan calls for school resource officers to be hired for the elementary schools and a back-up fired for the juvenile officer at Reed.  If the grant is awarded, two officer's salaries would be covered, the third would come from the municipal budget. 


For the long term, the town could create a position called School Safety Officer.  The certification process is currently being developed by State Police.  The role is being implemented in two Connecticut communities so far. 


When the job description is completed, site visits will be made to see if this alternative would be better, and a recommendation made to the Board of Ed.  The position would not mean full additions to the police force, but rather would be school-year based.

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