New Jersey Town Puts Armed Police Officers In Schools

January 09, 2013 at 10:27 am

NJToday Managing Editor Mike Schneider interviews the mayor of Marlboro Township, NJ, Jonathan Hornik who decided to put armed police officers in every one of the town’s schools. MetroFocus airs January 9 at 7:30 p.m. on WLIW21, January 10 at 8 p.m. on NJTV, and January 10 at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

The chilling effect of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy has towns across the nation reevaluating their school security. Some school districts have reacted with possible plans to hire armed guards. In Marlboro, it’s more than just talk. On their first day back after the winter break, Marlboro students are returning to schools that are now patrolled by armed police officers. NJ Today Managing Editor Mike Schneider spoke with Marlboro Mayor Jonathan Hornik about the controversial decision.

“There’s definitely a cost to it,” Hornik said. “We feel that we need to do this at this time. Newtown has showed us that[…]current school security is not safe.”

Officers were taken from patrol duties or other areas of service to be relocated to the school setting and would receive specific training for the situation.

“We are constantly evaluating threats, like many school districts,” Hornik said. Hornik said that the move to add officers to Marlboro schools came as a result of the tragedy in Newtown. “This is a response to how their security was breached and they had, what we’re told, is the state of the art security,” Hornik said.