In the United States, several schools are adding security officers to their teams to increase student and teacher safety.

According to The Augusta Journal, school officials with Georgia’s Richmond County School System are considering hiring more security administrators to assist 36 elementary schools. The school district currently employs one full-time, armed officer to monitor high school and middle school campuses, and the potential new hires regularly would visit elementary schools throughout the area.

“We’ve got to beef up security everywhere,” local school board member Frank Dolan told the news source. “I do not want Augusta…[in] The New York Times getting blasted because we didn’t do everything in our power to prevent something.”

However, Richmond County school officials are not the only administrators who are evaluating their security measures. The Columbian notes that leaders with Washington State’s Ridgefield School District began using armed guards at schools across the district in January 2013. District officials ensured that they were hiring trained professionals, and every security officer that is employed by the school system has received roughly 300 hours of training.

Security professionals could find new opportunities available at schools if more institutions seek solutions to enhance their safety programs this year. In fact, these safety experts could provide reliable support for schools and provide a boost to the national economy.

Content provided by executive search organization, MRINetwork.

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