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Former Military and Law Enforcement Officer weighs in on school safety debate

Former Military and Law Enforcement Officer weighs in on school safety debate


STEFANY: BRAD, THE OWNER OF AN AIKEN PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANY SAYS THE STATE IS FLOODED WITH EX-MILITARY AND FORMER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS LOOKING FOR WORK… THAT WILL GLADLY STEP-UP AND PROTECT OUR YOUNGEST CITIZENS. CLIFFORD D. POWELL/ PRES. & CEO POWELL ASSET PROTECTION AGENCY “I CAN THINK OF NO BETTER PERSON QUALIFIED TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN THAN A SEASONED, HIGHLY TRAINED, MATURE VETERAN.” STEFANY: POWELL ASSET PROTECTION AGENCY – STARTED BY CLIFFORD POWELL – IS A PRIVATE SECURITY CONTRACTOR THAT HIRES COMBAT VETERANS, WITH REAL-WORLD SKILLS AND TRAINING. STEFANY: THE COMPANY HAS PROVIDED SECURITY FOR EVENTS AT AREA SCHOOLS – INCLUDING THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS AT MIDLAND VALLEY HIGH UNTIL 2016. STEFANY: WHILE THESE AGENTS ARE CONTRACTED FOR SPECIAL EVENTS, MOST HIGH SCHOOLS IN AIKEN COUNTY HAVE FULL-TIME SECURITY ON CAMPUS. BUT THE SAME PROTECTION IS NOT PROVIDED TO MANY ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS. CLIFFORD D. POWELL/ PRES. & CEO POWELL ASSET PROTECTION AGENCY “WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT WE PUT ARMED GUARDS AT THE LOCAL LIGHT BILL OUTLET, WHERE YOU PAY YOUR LIGHT BILL. BUT WE DON’T PUT AN ARMED OFFICER AT A SCHOOL WHERE OUR MOST PRECIOUS RESOURCES ARE AT.” STEFANY: THE PRICE-TAG OF PUTTING ARMED OFFICERS AT EVERY SCHOOL IN THE STATE? 60 MILLION DOLLARS IN THE FIRST YEAR. THE INITIAL COST TO HIRE AND TRAIN AN OFFICER IS 110-THOUSAND DOLLARS. STEFANY: BUT THIS LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERT SAYS IF THE STATE GOES THAT ROUTE, THEY NEED TO CONSIDER ON-GOING TRAINING FOR SCHOOL OFFICERS. CLIFFORD D. POWELL/ PRES. & CEO POWELL ASSET PROTECTION AGENCY “THESE GUYS THAT ARE OUT CREATING THE ACTIVE SHOOTER SCENARIO, THEY ARE GOING TO SWITCH IT UP.” STEFANY: THE GOVERNOR HAS ASKED FOR 5-MILLION DOLLARS TO BEGIN INCREASING SECURITY IN SCHOOLS. HOWEVER, HE’S MADE IT CLEAR HIRING ARMED OFFICERS WOULD COME BEFORE THE STATE CONSIDERS ARMING TEACHERS. CLIFFORD D. POWELL/ PRES. & CEO POWELL ASSET PROTECTION AGENCY “IF I HAVE A PERSON WHO IS WALKING DOWN THE HALLWAY WHO IS MENTALLY DERANGED OR JUST HAS SOMETHING TO PROVE, WANTS TO MAKE A STATEMENT AND HE’S COMING TO THAT CLASSROOM TO SHOOT ONE OF MY GRANDCHILDREN. DO I REALLY WANT THAT TEACHER TO STEP OUT AND ENGAGE HIM? YOU BET I DO.”


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