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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