Bill requires trained school security officers

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bill that sets standards for school security officers in the wake of the Newtown school shooting has received final legislative approval.

The House of Representatives voted unanimously Saturday in favor of legislation that requires public elementary and secondary schools that choose to hire security officers to hire only active or retired police officers. Those officers must complete the Police Officer Standards and Training Council, or POST training.

The legislation already passed the Senate. It now awaits Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's signature.

Since the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the towns of Enfield and North Branford have discussed hiring armed security officers for their schools.

A legislative task force that examined school security in the wake of the shooting did not recommend requiring districts to hire armed guards.