Sarasota sheriff calls for armed veterans, retired officers in schools
Sheriff Tom Knight said Tuesday that his agency already supplies manpower and training to the district, but he believes more can still be done.
“We have been looking at opportunities over the last two years to help school officials develop a practical and achievable safety plan for the district,” the sheriff said in a press release outlining his plan. “My recommendation is for the school to consider implementing a quasi-school security program that puts retired law enforcement and military veterans on Sarasota County campuses.”
The sheriff said specially trained deputies are already available as school resource officers to every middle and high school in the county. It was not immediately clear how this new suggestion would impact that program.
In Knight’s plan, it would still be up to every school to select and hire the security personnel, with his deputies providing specialized training in firearms, defensive tactics and active-shooter scenarios.
“This is not an overnight solution but it’s a good place to start,” the sheriff continued. “Many of these veterans have basic training, have managed major incidents and have knowledge of weaponry and tactics. More often than not, these retirees are looking for a way to care for the children in their community and this program is a sustainable solution.”
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