CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (CBS4) – Douglas County hopes “school marshals” will help keep students safe.
School administrators joined law enforcement officers to unveil a new safety plan on Thursday.
After the school shootings in Connecticut the district and sheriff’s department put together a team to improve the safety plan. Starting next school year there will be more armed officers at schools.
“It is no different than getting on an airplane; you never know who the air marshal is. When you walk into one of our schools, you won’t know who the law enforcement officer is,” Sheriff David Weaver said. “It is that awareness being brought by the media, as well as us educating the public that we do have plain clothes officers in the schools.”
Schools will also provide free lunches to officers to increase their presence. They’ll also be able to access schools’ Wi-Fi so they can work on their reports in the parking lots.