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Town Council Approves Hiring of Armed Security Officers for North Branford Schools

Armed security officers are expected to be in place at North Branford Schools in the beginning of February.

 

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, school officials and residents throughout the country were left questioning their security plans and the North Branford School District was no different. 

On Jan. 8, Kim Neubig of North Branford Schools posted this announcement: "School Security Officers needed for North Branford Schools." The Town Council approved the hiring of armed security officers.

Councilor Rose Angeloni, a member of the Communications Committee, reported that Police Chief Matthew Canelli and Superintendent Scott Schoonmaker have received 55 applicants for the position and Interim Town Manager Bonnie Therrien said the field has been narrowed with 10 applicants interviewed this week.

Angeloni said that the expected date for the security officers to be in place in the schools is the beginning of February.

At the January Police Commission meeting, Lieutenant David D'Ancicco reported that the security officers would carry the same weapons as North Branford Police Department officers. 

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Karen Davis January 26, 2013 at 03:00 AM
Unless they are SWAT..forget it. There is NO security guard that is TRAINED in any situation that would be close to being able to protect anyone..let alone the children. Security guards are not the police. For the most part they are retired police officers that have a permit to carry a gun. When have they last fired it? It boggles the mind that people think it's safe to have "a" security guard ready to defend an entire school. Enough said.
Karen Davis January 26, 2013 at 03:26 AM
I need to amend what I wrote earlier...Retired police officers certainly have training. However..unless they went to the gun range constantly and kept up with their training.. I do not feel they would be a good candidate for anything remotely involving our children.
Mr.Fixit January 26, 2013 at 05:36 AM
This makes more sense to me than a lot of the craziness going on in this state lately. Armed guards won't scare the kids much, and the "novelty" of it will quickly pass; unless some parents persist in instilling fear and loathing of the guards in their children. Kids are amazingly resilient if given the chance. My biggest concern on this subject is what it may do to our taxes. We've been hammered over the last 10 years and frankly I've have about had it with tax increases. Hopefully the fed. govt can assist in this matter. Incidently..civilians may think many police are highly trained in the use of firearms. This is almost a myth. I know many non officers who are far more proficient with small arms than what is typically found in local police depts.
Karen Davis January 26, 2013 at 06:10 AM
You did not read the second part of my reply. It has to do with police officers that are retired and may not be able to do their job.... I can't believe you are worried about taxes.If the town hires a misfit...guess what? I am more worried about whom and how they would hire a "SECURITY GUARD "..and if he screws up...our town will be ....you fill in the blanks.
Paul Dodson January 26, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Here come the stories: http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/01/security_guard_leaves_gun_unat.html
Mr.Fixit January 26, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Its somewhat sparse in actual detail. The guard left the gun unattended for a few moments...what does that mean exactly? Did he place the gun on a counter while he washed his hands? Did he leave the gun in its belt and holster hanging from a hook on the stall door while he cleaned up? Did he actually leave the bathroom with the gun still in there? Apparently no kids were in the bathroom at the time. In two of the three scenarios above the gun was within the guards view while not on his person. I am not defending the guard...just looking to fill in pertinent details lacking in the article. Obviously we want a better quality guard than what we may see in some shopping malls. One more thing...just a couple years ago there was an attack on a church in Colorado and a female security guard shot and killed the attacker before he could kill or wound more people. You may remember the news story. In the end..nothing in life is guaranteed and you cannot plan for nor stop every scenario.
Mr.Fixit January 26, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Karen: sorry..I did read what you said, but didn't address it in my reply. My father is a retired police officer. Many of them DO still go the range and practice after they retire. We could ask the town to require said guards to practice at least once a month..possibly even with the NBPD..so it is documented. As far as the town hiring a misfit...I seriously doubt that would happen. I'm certain they would check the guards out six ways from Sunday and inside out.
Robert Keegan January 27, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Part of the dumb & dumber crowed I read. Why do we have local police I wonder ? All the dead children with all these armed officer and who do you call when there is an emergency
Robert Keegan January 27, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Part of the dumb & dumber crowed I read. Why do we have local police I wonder ? All the dead children with all these armed officer and who do you call when there is an emergency
Robert Keegan January 27, 2013 at 06:17 PM
To keep scum like you away.
Robert Keegan January 27, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Thanks
Robert Keegan January 27, 2013 at 06:25 PM
armed guards didn't help at Columbine or Virginia tech schools. FT. No guards at Cclumbine and Virginia Tech new this student was a nut job. Truth only please.
Paul Dodson January 27, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Just because they are "ex-law enforcement" doesn't make them all gift-wrapped with a bow for this type of work. "Ex-law enforcement" are not immune to mistakes, personality disorders, physical limitations, behavorial problems, substance abuse issues, carelessness, boredom/inattentiveness, etc. Sometimes there are reasons other than retirement that these individuals are "ex-law enforcement". I certainly hope that the town does an extensive background check on the new hires, including psychological tests. In addition, make sure there are physical fitness standards and testing, armed qualification, firearms safety and active shooter training both initially and on-going. Make sure that the uniforms don't just "blend in", they need to somehow stand out and this needs to be communicated to area law enforcement. Remember, several of the first responders to the Manchester beer distributor shooting were from other towns and they are trained to enter the building immediately to confront and neutralize the issue. They will not know that "Good Ol' Sam" is blending in as a school resource officer, they will only see a man with a gun. Saying "anything to keep our kids safer" is noble and hard to argue against, but there is a lot to think about, all of us.
Robert Keegan January 27, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Part of the dumb & dumber crowed I read. Why do we have local police I wonder ? All the dead children with all these armed officer and who do you call when there is an emergency
Robert Keegan January 27, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Thanks
Robert Keegan January 27, 2013 at 06:40 PM
FOR THE RECORD. Principles of Schools in CT. are allowed to carry a concealed weapon if they have a pistol permit or allow someone else who has a CT pistol permit.
Paul Dodson January 27, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Yes, CT law allows concealed weapons in school WITH school official permission, highly unlikely to be widely granted in CT. This is a good question to ask our NB BOE and Superintendent. Do they allow concealed carry by staff? I doubt it, even by the Principal. Jenn, can we get a statement on this from the Superintendent? It should be part of the debate.
Deb Mingione January 27, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Across this country approximately one third (23,000) of all public schools already have armed guards. If Sandy Hook had a armed guard or principal who's to say how many lives could have been saved when evil came to the door. Thank you North Branford for trying to keep my children safe. They are priceless to me.
Jenn McCulloch January 27, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Robert and Paul...interesting points and I have contacted Sup. Schoonmaker for a definite answer.
Robert Keegan January 27, 2013 at 09:43 PM
S.W.A.T. responds to shootings. While an armed guard gives pause to a perpetrator. Please the Shooter at Sandy Hook was not trained. I would hire a retired officer or Military person. The goal should be a lock down that protects the kids.
Jenn McCulloch January 28, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Robert and Paul. Superintendent Schoonmaker confirmed that even if staff members have pistol permits, they cannot bring their weapons to school. More info on school security measures to be posted soon.
Andrew January 28, 2013 at 03:57 PM
For those of you concerned about the money, think how much you're paying now for food stamps, free cell phones, welfare, unemployment, obamacare, etc. I don't use any of these services, why should I have to py for THOSE services? You liberals can't have it both ways!
Paul Dodson January 28, 2013 at 09:39 PM
thanks, Jenn - I figured not
NB MOM January 29, 2013 at 12:26 PM
GREAT JOB NORTH BRANFORD!!!!! A school system that actually stepped up and DID SOMETHING that would actually work. I dont care how much it costs.
Robert Keegan January 29, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Thanks for true facts Andrew. My grandchildren come before obamacare.
Robert Keegan January 29, 2013 at 05:08 PM
FOR THE RECORD. Principles of Schools in CT. are allowed to carry a concealed weapon if they have a pistol permit, is CT State Law and the Principal has the right by law to allow a Teacher on staff to carry if they have a concealed permit. This Law does not require them to carry only the right and at the Principle discretion.
Robert Keegan January 29, 2013 at 05:09 PM
FOR THE RECORD. Principles of Schools in CT. are allowed to carry a concealed weapon if they have a pistol permit, is CT State Law and the Principal has the right by law to allow a Teacher on staff to carry if they have a concealed permit. This Law does not require them to carry only the right and at the Principle discretion
Robert Keegan January 29, 2013 at 08:29 PM
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2006/rpt/2006-R-0658.htm GO TO ABOVE WEB SITE FOR CT LAW ON SCHOOL OFFICIALS RIGHT TO CARRY
NB DAD January 31, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Good for North Branford its about time a town stepped up. I guarantee if the NRA is called they will offer assistance.
Jenn McCulloch February 01, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Here are more details on the newly hired security officers: http://northbranford.patch.com/articles/meet-north-branford-schools-six-new-security-officers

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