Local school district considers adding full-time officer

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A local school district is taking a new look at how to keep children safe.

The Glens Falls City School District has introduced a proposal to assign a full-time police officer to the district. The officer would primarily be based at the high school or middle school.

“We have a great rapport with our police department, and they respond within minutes,” Glens Falls CSD Superintendent Paul Jenkins said. “But having somebody here on a day-to-day basis would mean that person could act much quicker.”

The idea is in its early stages. Glens Falls Police Det. Lt. Peter Castertino said the armed officer could be a deterrent for violence but also prevent bullying, build trust with students, and train teachers in active shooter situations.

“Training often changes in that aspect,” he said. “So to keep up-to-date on it, if you have an officer in the schools, dedicated to the schools full time, they would be able to get that info as it comes out.”

The added security is a no brainer for parents, who said they shouldn’t have to worry when dropping off their child at school.

“I believe an officer is well trained,” John Garti said. “They know how to use their weapon if needed, and I support it.”

“Whatever we can do to make our schools safer; it could happen here,” Christina Frederick said.

There are still many details such as funding that need to be worked out. The district will continue talks with the police chief and mayor’s office next week.

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