- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Enfield’s town council has voted to continue having armed guards patrol its public and parochial schools for another two years.

The Hartford Courant reports (https://cour.at/1boZ82f ) the council voted 6-5 Monday night to retain the public school program, which was instituted two years ago as a response to the December, 2012 killings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

The group then voted 7-4 to also continue patrols in the private schools.

There are currently 21 armed guards working in Enfield schools. The town has projected the program will cost $782,800 during the 2015-16 school year.

The town is also considering a revised plan that would phase out the guards starting in 2017 and increase the number of full-time police officers assigned to Enfield schools.

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