Routt County sheriff proposes placing armed marshals in schools

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — The Routt County sheriff is proposing a program that places an armed marshal in each public school in the county.

The Steamboat Pilot and Today reports Sheriff Garrett Wiggins is planning meetings with school district officials to open discussions on a program that would place a marshal in each of the county’s 11 school buildings.

The sheriff estimates his marshal program would cost about $1.26 million each year.

Wiggins said the school marshals would dress in plainclothes. They would work for the sheriff’s office or other local law enforcement agencies.

Wiggins said the marshals would focus only on campus safety and security.

He said he wants to bring the issue before local taxpayers so they have a voice in finding a solution for school security.

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