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All Marlboro Schools Will Have Armed Officers By January

Funding and further security decisions fall under the Board of Education.

The Marlboro Police Department and the Board of Education announced on Thursday that all township schools will have armed officers present throughout school days.

"The protocols for these policemen are being written during the winter break with key input provided by police and school district administrators," said Board President Michael Lilonsky.

Officers will also have access to a digital monitor which will project images of the interior and exterior of schools.

Mayor Jon Hornik said the funding and decisions regarding school security are up to the Board of Education, but the mayor's office and the township council will have suggestions.

"It's going to be expensive," Hornik said. "But I think it's definitely worth paying."

As of now, township schools have two school resource officers. One officer floats among elementary schools and one around the two middle schools. Volunteer PTO members are also stationed at front doors to check visitors in.

"We are not yet equipped for a situation like Newtown," Hornik said. 

Police Capt. Bart Lombardo said reports have come from Newtown, CT that the gunman shattered a large window to gain access to the schools. The police department the board are currently looking into shatterproof glass for the schools, and are considering hiring a third party vendor to conduct a district security assessment.

Marlboro Township schools at the K-8 level are currently equipped with a Visitor Management System. The system is able to scan identification and check school visitors against the sex offender registry and school-created parent lists. It can also print visitor badges with photos.

Marlboro High School already has a full-time school resource officer in place during school hours.

"The tragedy last Friday changed the way we look at school security forever," Hornik said. 

Dirk Montague December 24, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Biggest threat to children in the entire world: cellphones and cars! Keep the cops on the street enforcing cellphone related distracted while driving laws!
Steve R December 24, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Not quite sure a private school can legally hire on duty uniformed police. I may be wrong but I believe they will have to hire private security forces
Steve R December 24, 2012 at 04:56 PM
While refusing to have a public hearing Mayor Hornik was deleting all comments against this measure from his Facebook page while keeping those who supported his measure He has now taken the page down completely. Great way to respond to your constituency. Have a public hearing you have time before schools reopen. If you cannot face the public on a decision you make it says something about both you and the decision
Steve R December 24, 2012 at 05:13 PM
My err Jon Hornik is just blocking people who disagree with him from his FB page, he did not take it down completely. Still not sure why he cannot defend his tactics and decision in a public forum
anonymous December 24, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Can't believe this insanity has made it to a Republican blog now. http://www.moremonmouthmusings.net/2012/12/23/marlboro-to-post-cops-at-schools/
milton McC December 28, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Victoria Dean. Wife of the Republican chairman
milton McC December 28, 2012 at 11:45 AM
To those who believe that cops in schools is bad, what is YOUR solution? Do something? Do nothing? What would you suggestr the town do?
SG December 28, 2012 at 03:58 PM
So true, you see people on cell phone constantly all over town. Where are the police? If I am able to see this many times on a daily basis, why don't the police see these distracted drivers!
Steve R December 28, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Milton, There are many options, and yes do nothing is a choice. They could put unarmed police in the school, as does NYC et al. They could change out the doors. The could hire counselors trained to work with troubled youths and get to the root of the issue. There are many choices that can and should be discussed but rather they chose without any public discussion to put armed police in the schools. It is not as if there was no time as it would have been nearly a month between the shooting in Newtown and when the kids return in January. The Mayor however chose to spend his time doing interviews with NBC news, CBS news, news12 new jersey and the New York post rather than address his constituents directly
milton McC December 28, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Did you speak to the mayoir about it. There was a BOE and a Council meeting about it.In NYC the unarmed are not police but security officers and serve no useful purpose in my opinion other than being monitors for bad children. We don't face those same challenges in Marlboro. Counselors are a great idea but parents would have to agree that their child has problems. Look what happened in CT. The child had problems in school and the mother chose to home school him rather than face reality.Changing the doors is a good idea but takes time.
Steve R December 28, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I have attempted to contact the mayor directly, seems he is not interested. NYC schools police force are a division of the nypd, they qualify as nys peace officers while on duty and is roughly 5000 persons strong. Again whether you agree or not the fact is they are options that should be discussed in an open public forum before armed security was enacted, there was time to have these discussions. Today there was a shooting inside a NJ police department, the only people armed were police, until one lost their firearm to a detained individual. And if this were to happen in a local high school, what then? I still see this as a political stunt by a mayor with higher political aspirations and nothing more. You can't say the interviews with the press added to the safety of the children, purely a political move. This IMHO is a play to exploit irrational fears after a horrific tragedy for political gain, nothing more
Emily December 28, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Steve, you make a lot of sense. An open public forum would have been a good idea. The mayor should have responded to you about this issue. He seems to prefer face time on camera rather than facing his constituents at home with questions and challenges. The public would have shared ideas and perhaps have come up with some sane solutions to a serious problem. I wish Hornik had more interaction with the public and included them in contributing their ideas about the safety of our children. Safety at all venues has to be considered now. Movie theaters, malls, places of worship, etc. can be targets for unstable individuals who have access to guns. After the murders in Conn. there is more discussion which is a good thing. Mr. Hornik needs to pay more attention to the public including police experts, mental health workers and parents..His decision was made rather hastily in my opinion. The mayor should respond to your questions..He is showing a lack of respect by not doing so.
anonymous December 29, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Grandstanding period!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFTbTkaCdpk&feature=youtu.be
Jim Sage December 30, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Let the members of the Board of Education know how you feel on this matter. Trust me, they are reading the comments. https://www.facebook.com/MarlboroK8SchoolDistrictNotifications?fref=ts
Steve R December 30, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Credit those who administer this page as they are leaving up both pro and con comments. Not like Mayor Hornik who is deleting all negative ones
George F January 02, 2013 at 01:09 AM
It didn't help at Columbine. They had an armed security officer. Like you said, a madman will find his way. An armed guard isn't going to save anyone, he'd just be the first target. Or he'd get there too late. It only takes seconds to "shoot it up".
NJarhead January 02, 2013 at 03:46 PM
The 4 million folks with assault weapons are "evil?" Why is that?
NJarhead January 02, 2013 at 03:47 PM
When has gun control worked?
Melissa January 02, 2013 at 07:01 PM
so will all the parents be willing to pay this out of their OWN pocket as opposed to the taxpayers? Where will it end?
NJarhead January 03, 2013 at 12:52 PM
I'm guessing you never served and have probably never set foot on a military base.
Kaitlyn Anness January 03, 2013 at 01:04 PM
For all who asked, we have an update about how the district is paying for this program: http://marlboro-coltsneck.patch.com/articles/cops-in-schools-costing-marlboro-100-000-for-90-days
Steve R January 03, 2013 at 01:29 PM
They are using tax dollars originally slated to provide our children with an education to further Jon Horniks Senate campaign. We all know where the money was coming from. It's the depleting of other school services to provide a security measure that has no chance of being effective that I personally objec to. Also that they have coasters from facing the taxpayers in a public forum
Steve R January 03, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Njjarhead sure did was a leatherneck myself stations included, PI, Quantico, Lejeune, Coronado, Monterrey, the stumps and was part of MSG in embassies I don't think the previous poster was suggesting everyone at FT Hood was armed but I am sure they had an armed MP contingent on base
NJarhead January 03, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Yea, armed MP's on base is no different than armed police roaming around town. You should know that.
Steve R January 03, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Absolutely do and I also know that the reaction was not to put armed security in every building, it was not to allow every serviceman to carry a sidearm on duty. It was seen as a horrific tragedy, an isolated one where arming everyone would not have been an effective deterrent and could have created more risk than safety. These IMHO were wise decisions as opposed to what is happening in Marlboro where the mayor et al is trying to convince people their children are now safe since there is one local cop in a school of a thousand children. You should know that to an assailent armed with an assault rifle this PO is just one more casualty, not even a major concern and definitely not a deterrent.
NJarhead January 03, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Actually, I disagree. These folks tend to be cowards and will stick with the easy target rather than one with a potential challenge. The Mall Shooter out in Washington shot himself after an armed citizen took aim at him. Just look at the preferred targets in the majority of these instances: All Gun Free zones and I'll bet the mall shooter didn't count on encountering an armed citizen. Regardless, gun control doesn't work and no one wants to explore any options regardling the insane individuals who are responsible for these atrocities. What I DO know, is there are millions of gun owners NOT responsible for this crap and there are millions of AR-15's NOT involved in them either. The gun (or the knife or the car or the bomb) cannot commit the crime all by its self.
Marlboro VoiceofReason January 03, 2013 at 03:23 PM
With all comments like these, Marlboro schools will just become a target for some psycho. Some lunatic will just try to hit the schools now to make a point. Too much publicizing of this, let it go already.
Steve R January 03, 2013 at 03:27 PM
NJJarhead..gun control is a seperate issue to me, the issue at hand is whether or not this is an effective measure, and moving the target from the school to the playgound or the mall or the soccer field cannot be deemed an effective use of our limited budget. IMHO we should focus on preventing killings not changing where they happen. Are the families of the killed in Aurora somehow relieved or find solice that it was a movie theater not a school? 10 of the last 12 school shootings in the US actually came from students of the school though no measures have been put in place to prevent students from bringing firearms into the school in Marlboro, would this not be statistically a better way to prevent a school shooting? There is also a huge difference in a known target, ie uniformed policeman standing at the front door, and being surprised by an armed civilian. But lets go with your premence that it changes where a target would be acquirred, it does not stop or prevent a shooting, just changes the locale. Is this really what one would consider effective? Shot at the library rather than the school? Dead is dead no? The fact that the Mayor is hiding from the public and not addressing this in a publicize open forum is also very troubling. This should be a community discussion and a community vote not the grandstanding of a few local politicians.
NJarhead January 03, 2013 at 03:31 PM
I think any response within a month of the latest tragedy is a knee-jerk reaction. But that's what the people want; with no thought of consequences, rights, truth, etc. etc. To be honest, I don't know what the answer is. But I know it's not gun control or even outlawing "assault rifles." What do you think the answer is?
Steve R January 03, 2013 at 03:38 PM
I dont have an answer and totally agree with you that this is a knee jerk reaction. I dont support this measure nor how it was put through. A responsible leader would have had open public discussions on what to do with the people of the community. And if the community decides this is how they want to spend their tax dollars so be it. This was not the case though The Mayor would rather spend his time doing TV interviews than address a serious issue with his constituents.

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