Logan CrawfordFeb 28, 2018, 1:57 pmMar 1, 2018, 3:39 pm

Center Moriches District: Armed police at schools would decrease response time

Superintendent Russell Stewart says the officers would complement other security measures already in place

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CENTER MORICHES — Superintendent of the Center Moriches School District Russell Stewart is proposing two armed police officers be placed inside the schools to better protect students and staff. One would be placed at the elementary school and one at the middle and high school.

Superintendent Stewart first proposed the idea before the deadly school shooting in Florida. He says the board of education has to approve the bid for two active police officers at the schools. They would be with either Suffolk County or state police stationed at the schools when they're off-duty.

The superintendent says he's confident they will have armed police officers in the buildings for the 2018-2019 school year. Stewart says one of the biggest reasons he wants this is response-time to a potential incident.

"It was obviously very evident that if I had someone on campus, the response time would be decreased," Stewart said.

The superintendent adds that the armed police officers would be another layer of protection for the schools. The schools already have automatic locking mechanisms on the doors, interior and exterior cameras, and added hours for security patrol.

If the board of education approves the armed officers, the Center Moriches School District would join districts like Miller Place where armed guards are already in the buildings.

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