Spokane Police Chief doesn't know if armed school guards would help

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by Ashley Korslien & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 21, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 7:39 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane’s Police Chief doesn’t know if armed guards would help safety in Spokane Public Schools.

The National Rifle Association called for an armed guard in every school in America on Friday in response to the Newtown School Shooting.

Chief Frank Straub said his department doesn’t have the manpower to put an officer in every school.

“Could we do that with the existing officers? Probably not. Is that 100-percent necessary? I'm not 100-percent sure. I think there's probably a bigger discussion on why are people going into schools and shooting kids,” said Straub.

Spokane Public Schools already has commissioned police officers in several local schools, but none of those school resource officers are armed.

Spokane Mayor David Condon said it’s a little too early to comment.

“I’d like to be involved in it, but the reality is at the national level, those politics and those policies will be implemented and in the executive branch of the city we would monitor that,” said Condon.
 

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