Company implores district to hire guards

Wayne Lee, Development Director at J & J Security and Investigations, talks Thursday evening about his proposal and support for implementing armed, uniformed security officers in Jefferson City public schools during the Jefferson City School District Board of Education meeting at the Dix Road Education Center. Lee believes the implementation of security officers in public schools is a neccessary and cost-effective response to the recent school shootings across the country.

Wayne Lee, Development Director at J & J Security and Investigations, talks Thursday evening about his proposal and support for implementing armed, uniformed security officers in Jefferson City public schools during the Jefferson City School District Board of Education meeting at the Dix Road Education Center. Lee believes the implementation of security officers in public schools is a neccessary and cost-effective response to the recent school shootings across the country. Photo by Kris Wilson.

Hiring professional security guards is the best way to protect the city’s school children, a contingent of employees from J&J Security and Investigations told the Jefferson City Board of Education on Thursday evening.

Jim Clark, CEO and owner of the firm, is interested in seeing the board seriously consider the idea of hiring security guards. Lee argued locked doors, security badges and surveillance cameras might serve as a deterrent, but they “can’t respond to an armed intruder.”

“We’re not trying to replace school resource officers,” Lee said. “But adding police is just not cost effective.”

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