Douglas County School Districts purchases rifles for security officers

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CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- The Douglas County School District has purchased 10 long rifles for its armed security officers.

The Bushmaster long rifles will not be housed on school grounds. They will be locked up at the district security office and bus depot along Highway 85.

"The weapons currently every day will be inside of a locked safe in a secured room inside the security department. They'll be deployed into a locking mechanism that is inside our patrol vehicles very similar to the locking mechanisms that are inside law enforcement patrol vehicles and they will only be deployed if there is a situation where they need to be deployed," Director of Safety and Security Rich Payne said.

The long rifles and equipment cost the district $12,300.

Payne said all of the armed security officers are prior law enforcement officers who hold post certificates.

"The security officers train side-by-side with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office," he said.

Each armed security officer will be required to complete training before they can check out a long rifle. The Douglas County School District currently employs eight armed security officers.

Asked if any other districts have done this, Payne said he did not know. But he mentioned other rural districts are considering a similar move.

"Our main focus is to make sure that all of the students staff parents and community members are safe when they're on any of our school properties," he said.