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Boughton seeks standard training for Conn. guards

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is urging Connecticut lawmakers to require standardized training for security personnel protecting public schools.

The Republican candidate for governor, who appeared Tuesday before the General Assembly's Public Safety Committee, said numerous communities respond to events like the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Therefore, he said it makes sense to have security personnel working in schools throughout Connecticut ``on the same training platform.''

Boughton said his city hires private security guards who are then trained by the city police department about the Danbury schools and how to handle certain situations.

Boughton said the training could be a four- or five-week course on the basics of school safety. He's chairman of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities' Task Force on School Safety and Building Security.

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