NJ school to employ armed retired police officers

Posted at 10:05 AM, Mar 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-29 10:05:07-04

Five elementary schools in Lodi, New Jersey will soon see armed retired police officers patrolling the hallways.

It was a plan that was approved by the school board this past Wednesday.

The school superintendent and Lodi’s police chief had been looking for ways to make the elementary schools safer in the wake of what the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

The plan calls for five retired police officers to be hired, one for each school.  The officers would be required to screen and escort all visitors to the school, perform security checks throughout the day, and assist the principal with security drills.

All five officers will cost the district roughly two-hundred thousand dollars.  The five would also be required to attend first aide training as well as active shooter training, before they are allowed to once again carry a gun in the halls.

Active Lodi police officers already patrol the middle and high schools – so those schools will not be part of the new security measures.