Johnson County Sheriff Jimmy Dorney is teaming up with Clarksville Schools to train some faculty and staff members as law enforcement officials.
Twenty-two faculty and staff members will soon go through professional law enforcement training with the sheriff’s department, according to Clarksville Schools’ Superintendent David Hopkins. That’s in addition to the firearms training they’ve already received.
“If there’s a problem, we’re going to rely on them to handle the problem and take care of it until we can get there,” Dorney said.
The decision comes just days after a state board in Little Rock voted to allow 13 faculty and staff at Clarksville Schools to be armed as private security guards during the school day in case of a crisis.
At the end of the training, the staff will be considered law enforcement in their private guard duties at the schools, Dorney explained.
“They’re going to have to get some additional training at this point, probably another 60 hours that they’re going to have to have but we’re looking in to getting that done,” Hopkins said.
With the staff members being armed and trained even more than they already are, Dorney said he feels Clarksville Schools will be well-prepared for a crisis.
“We’re living in 2013 where we have shootings at colleges, shootings in schools, shootings in the work place,” Dorney said. “You know, it may never, ever happen here but if it does, if there’s one chance that it’s going to, I want those teachers and administrators to be prepared.”
“God forbid if anything ever did happen,” Hopkins said. “You know, it’s just like a tornado. We don’t want a tornado, but we’ve got storm shelters on campus. We practice our fire drills. We don’t want a fire, but we’re ready for that. And hopefully we will be ready in the event that an active shooter ever comes to our campus.”