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Sheriff weighs in on bringing more armed officers in Oneida County schools

In the wake of the Maryland school shooting, where the gunman was confronted and killed by a resource officer-- it has brought up the push to bring armed officers in schools throughout New York State.

Posted: Mar 20, 2018 6:05 PM
Updated: Mar 22, 2018 10:18 AM

UTICA, NY-- In the wake of the Maryland school shooting, where the gunman was confronted and killed by a resource officer-- it has brought up the push to bring armed officers in schools throughout New York State.

The Sheriffs' Association said the state legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fund one armed officer in every school as part of the state budget for the fiscal year that starts April 1.

It would cost $35,000 to $100,000 dollars for salary and benefits for each armed officer.

Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol said he is working with other local leaders to bring more armed officers to local school districts.

"We're hoping that we can all work together cooperatively," he said. "I know here in Oneida County the county executive, [Anthony Picente] has met with me several times, just over the past few weeks and as we put together a plan to hopefully get arm officers in every school."

According to this year's state of the county address, Picente plans find a way to pay for a special patrol officers, who are hired to protect the school building.

"We will work with our school districts to place armed special patrol officers in every school building that doesn't currently have them. It will cost money. It's money well spent," he said, in a written statement.

But when local schools will be equipped with armed officers is still unknown.

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