Rocky Hill students have their first day of school Tuesday and it is also the first day for armed police at the schools in response to the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly two years ago.
There's been an ongoing conversation in Rocky Hill about it since the tragedy. Now, district schools will have school resource officers for the first time as part of an effort to make everyone feel safer like many other school districts have done after Sandy Hook. The decision comes after a school security consultant recommended the officers.
The district has hired one school resource officer to walk the halls at Griswold Middle School and the elementary schools and another officer will be stationed at Rocky Hill High School. The officers have completed more than 100 hours of training for the job.
Other safety measures installed over the summer include a new intercom system and security cameras.
Originally, town officials wanted one officer for each school, but the budget didn't allow for that. But officials are hoping that everyone will see the added benefit of having the school resource officers so that they can hire more in the future.