Twin Falls Schools adding unarmed security guards

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - The Twin Falls School District will be adding unarmed security guards in addition to their school resource officers.

"One of the things we've been looking at here at the Twin Falls School District is to increase safety for our students," said Ryan Bowman, the director of operations.

He said throughout this past school year, it's been a "big year" for violence in schools.

"We've seen a lot across the nation. We've seen a lot of different incidents," he said.

So the school district is taking preemptive measures.

"We are looking at 15. 15 additional security guards. One in each of our buildings, except for O'Leary and Bridge Academy, which share one where they're in such close proximity of one another," he said.

Bowman said the security guards will be distinguished from the rest of the school staff in a uniform.

"In conjunction with the SRO's that we have inside our buildings and they'll work side by side, hand in hand with them," he said.

He said the Twin Falls Police Department will help train the individuals too.

"We don't want to sit back and wait for something to happen before we react to it. We want to be proactive and this is one step," he said.

The funds for these security guards come from a few different sources, he said. Some from the Safe and Drug Free fund and others from the state.

"We also have some title monies, some federal dollars. Those are new dollar that we're getting that we'll be using and we'll also be using some funds from our supply budget," he said.

Bowman said that they will use these guards for this upcoming school year and will reevaluate again the next year.

"This is a one year deal to see how it works and from that point, we'll make a decision on it's effectiveness," he said.

He said this move is a big one for the school district.

"This is something we can do right now in the immediate future, is to hire some security personnel to help recognize and to see different problem and different security issues that we might have within a building in a given day," he said.

All for the safety of the staff and the students.

"We're trying to be proactive and we're looking at ways that we can continue to make our schools safer and secure, and I think that this is a big thing," he said.

While some schools in Idaho have other personnel that are armed, other than SRO's, he said they are not opposed to the idea, but it will take some time.

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