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Linglestown Gazette: Unarmed security officers to patrol at CD High winter events

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Unarmed security officers to patrol at CD High winter events

Central Dauphin School Board voted to hire A.K.A. Security Services, a private security firm based in Lower Paxton, to work at sports games and dances held at Central Dauphin High School this winter.

The vote was 6-1, with Brian Faleshock casting the no vote. (Linda Dallago and Kristine Leber were absent.)

This was the first time since I resumed attending meetings last spring that I witnessed substantial discussion prior to a vote, and it was the first no vote cast in my presence during the same time period.

I applaud the board on these counts! (Now, let's see if the behind-the-doors executive sessions can become the exception rather than the rule.)

CLICK HERE for a news brief from The Patriot-News, HERE for story by WGAL TV-8 and HERE for story and video by WHTM abc 27.



At 4:25 PM, Blogger  said...

Question sent to Linglestown Gazette via email:

I just have one question: if any incident does occur (especially a criminal offense) at one of the events patrolled by one of these security officers, do they have the authority to arrest anyone like a state police officer?

ANSWER— No, AKA's private security guards are said to be trained to get control of bad situations and, if necessary, would call the police to make arrests.

Under the new arrangement, the district may bring in state troopers to supplement AKA's staff as an added precaution at games when deemed necessary by school administrators, according to superintendent Carol Johnson.


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