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BOE to Hire Former RST Collins as Private Security

The move raises more questions about the removal of SRO Moorehead and the use of pepper spray and "electronic devices" by an security guard not permitted to use a firearm

 

The Montville Board of Education is poised to approve a new post: Campus Security Officer and will be hiring former Montville Resident State Trooper Mike Collins as its private security guard. But since Collins is not permitted as a private security officer to wear a firearm, the BOE is planning on allowing him to carry pepper spray and other “electronic defense weapons on school property.”

The naming of Collins come a few weeks after Mayor Ron McDaniel told Patch the schools didn’t have the money to hire a school resource officer and after the removal of SRO Karen Moorehead for what both McDaniel and police said was “operational needs.”

The hiring of Collins as the school’s security officer, at least some officers say, is ironic given it was the fact that Collins was not named to the post two years ago and that was in part the impetus, Moorehead alleged, for the harassment allegations she leveled against Lt. Leonard Bunnell last year.  

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James kelley February 06, 2013 at 01:16 PM
As I had stated on your Facebook post of this article. Several questions, when and where did they post the job? Are they hiring more than one person? One person cannot cover all the schools in Montville. If that one person is at Oakdale Elementary and an incident where happen at one of the other schools, by the time he responded, the incident would be over and the damage would be done!
Ellyn Santiago February 06, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Folks, I have posed many of your questions (and others) to the schools. I am waiting for responses. As soon as I have answers, I will update the story!
Ellen Hillman February 06, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Where is the money coming from? It is not reflected in the budget. Would not a town officer be less expensive than a retired state police sargent. I know from when I sat on the council in the past this was already set up by the prior mayor.
Dana McFee February 06, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Mike Collins is a "class act" he did Montville proud as our resident state trooper. Hats off to to Board of Ed. for hiring him. Good luck , Mike.
JCK7997 February 08, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Where is the money and approval coming from? If they cut Moorehead loose because of lack of funding, where did the funding for this come from? I'm sorry but take the names/faces away from this story and it still has shady written all over it.

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