ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP, Pa. Aug 11 2018
Four armed school security guards will be walking the halls of Elizabeth Forward schools this fall, following a vote to hire three retired state troopers and a retired Pittsburgh police officer to bolster campus security.
One guard will be assigned to each school building, according to a news release from the district.
The current school resource officer from the local police department will be retained, the district said.
“As superintendent, it’s my number one goal to keep our students and staff safe in an environment that is equally safe,” Elizabeth Forward School District Superintendent Todd Keruskin said in the written statement. “These highly qualified and trained officers will add another layer of security to our school buildings, while becoming highly visible and active members of our school community.”
Keruskin’s office said the superintendent was not available for an on-camera interview Thursday afternoon.
The district’s release named the new officers as David Hamer, Raymond Kain Jr., Harry Keffer III and Andre Stenson.
The release said each officer has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience.