Breaking News

Mayor Struemph won't seek re-election October 23, 2014

Firm: Schools need private security

Official: ‘Things not as simple as that’

In this News Tribune file photo, students are seen exiting Nichols Career Center and filing back into JCHS. A private security firm has offered to provide security at Jefferson City schools.

In this News Tribune file photo, students are seen exiting Nichols Career Center and filing back into JCHS. A private security firm has offered to provide security at Jefferson City schools. Photo by News Tribune.

The owner of a Jefferson City-based security firm has suggested school safety could improved if local leaders would be willing to hire private — and potentially armed — security officers.

Jim Clark, founder and CEO of J & J Security and Investigations LLC, said: “Private security firms are more cost effective than police, with just about the same training.”

Clark said he and his staff approached the local school district with their ideas shortly after the recent massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

“They made a generous offer to have an additional presence, free of charge, in the schools on Thursday and Friday,” the last two days of school until the winter break, said David Luther, assistant to the superintendent for the Jefferson City Schools. But he added: “Things are not as simple as that.”

Read additional details in our newspaper or e-Edition. Newspaper subscribers: Click on an e-Edition article and log in using your current account information at no extra charge. For e-edition help, e-mail circ@newstribune.com. Click here to purchase the full version of archived articles.

Comments

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Please review our Policies and Procedures before registering or commenting

News Tribune - comments