Armed school guards proposal may not apply practically in metro area

School district leaders in the Jackson metro area said they support the theory behind a proposed grant program to help schools hire armed guards, but the measure might not apply to area schools in practice.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves announced a proposal Friday that would have the Mississippi Legislature fund grants to match up to $10,000 per school for trained law enforcement officers.

But many area school districts and the respective law enforcement agencies already have partnerships that provide schools access to law enforcement officers at no cost to the district. And the districts that don’t have a constant law enforcement presence at every school say the grant match isn’t enough to put trained officers on the payroll.

Clarion Ledger
1/15/13