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Bill Requires Conn. School Guards to be Certified

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut lawmakers are considering legislation that would require any armed security guard working in a school to be certified.

Members of the Senate agreed Wednesday to language requiring the guards to be certified by the Police Officer Standards and Training Council, the organization that sets standards for being a police officer in Connecticut.

The bill was sent to the General Assembly’s Public Safety Committee for further review.

Waterford Sen. Andrea Stillman, the co-chairman of the Education Committee, said legislators want to make sure people hired to patrol schools are appropriately trained. But she acknowledged she doesn’t expect many schools will hire guards.

About four months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, only two districts are pushing forward with the idea. Others said it’s unaffordable or imprudent.

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