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Firm: Schools need private security

Firm: Schools need private security

Official: "Things not as simple as that'

December 30th, 2012 in News

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."