Meeting over armed volunteers at school
Updated: Thursday, April 11 2013, 09:11 AM EDT
BARRY COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A meeting is being held Thursday between the Barry County Sheriff's Department and a local school district over possibly having armed volunteers patrol the halls there.
The Barry County Sheriff's Department and the Thornapple Kellogg School District are working together to improve security and establish a positive connection between kids and law enforcement.
They will be meeting Thursday to discuss how to make that happen.
After budget cuts forced the Barry County Sheriff's Department to cut back on its school liaison program, volunteers want to begin patrolling school hallways to bridge the school security gap.
But the Thornapple-Kellogg School District's Superintendent says he's hesitant to trust uniformed volunteers with weapons.
So, Tom Enslem is teaming up with the Barry County Sheriff's Department to help improve school security.
“My concern would be I just have an obligation to protect our property and all those who are on it so I just need more information, who are they exactly and what is their purpose,” said Superintendent Tom Enslem.
Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf says the volunteers patrolling school hallways would undergo strict background checks, firearms proficiency and defensive tactics training.
Both Sheriff Leaf and Superintendent Enslem will meet on Thursday to discuss their options.