SECAUCUS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — There will now be an armed presence in every school in Secaucus, New Jersey.
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“We decided to put patrolmen in the schools,” said Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli, “so we have five schools that will all have a patrolman in it.”READ MORE: Prisoner Escapes From Custody At Bellevue Hospital
Gonnelli said the police officers will stay until school security guards receive permits. Most of the school security guards are former police officers themselves.
“It’s going to take about two to three weeks to get them done between their psych and getting the cards to carry,” Gonnelli said.MORE NEWS: After More Than A Year, The Show Must Go On: More Broadway Shows Announce Plans To Resume Performances
From what he has heard, Gonnelli said most parents and students favor the plan.