REPORT: Spokane Schools To Arm Officers

(CBS Seattle) — Spokane Public Schools could have its own armed police force starting in 2014.

According to The Spokesman-Review, district officials have a plan in place to arm 13 employees who are already commissioned as peace officers. The 13 will wear .40-calliber Glock pistols at their sides. Each high school and middle school in the district would have an armed officer, according to the current plan.

If the school board approves the schedule Thursday, the plan to arm the school resource officers would unfold over the next few months, according to the Spokesman-Review.

The district’s officers will take part in weapons training at the Spokane Police Academy.

Spokane Public Schools joins one or two other districts in Washington aiming its employees.

Another safety measure the district will take is adding internal door locks.

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