“When that madman walks onto the campus intent on killing our children, we are going to immediately engage him and shoot at him a lot,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
Judd’s Sentinel Program, which is designed to train and arm school staff members who volunteer to be special deputies, has this week expanded to cover Webber International University, a private college with about 800 students near Babson Park, Florida. Under the guidelines of the program, staffers will receive screening and extensive training from the Polk County Sheriff’s department which will allow them to carry guns on campus and respond to threats.
The 132-hour block of instruction will include more firearms training than typically given at state law enforcement academy, with over 1,000 rounds fired during the course. Teachers and faculty would likewise have to score 85 percent on qualifications, as opposed to the 80 percent for typical law academy students. Members of the Sentinel program will also receive more active shooter training than officers.
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