Parents mostly support armed deputies in schools

BERTHOUD - The Larimer County Sheriff Department explained a plan to place armed deputies inside six elementary schools to parents Monday night.

The Thompson School District hosted a community meeting Monday at Berthoud Elementary.

Under the plan approved by the school board, sheriff's reserve deputies would patrol randomly at the schools, both in uniform and plain clothes.

Reserve deputies are volunteers, but the department says they receive the same training as full-time deputies. This includes firearms training and a background check.

"It's like an insurance policy, you know," said Jill Strait, a parent who attended the meeting. "It's better to be a little proactive than figure out what are we going to do after a terrible tragedy happens."

But one parent was skeptical of the plan.

"Nobody questions the level of security and that's my question," said Lenard Larkin who also attended the meeting. "Is this really needed in this community?"

The district says this is an added security measure was considered after the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Deputies said they believe it would be the first of its kind in the country.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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