Nearly $400,000 worth in federal grant money was awarded to the Troy School District to help enhance safety and security. YNN's Geoff Redick has more on the announcement made Friday.
TROY, N.Y. -- "If you all remember a week ago from today, there was an incident with a student bringing a pellet gun. And I would just like to thank the resource officers, that they stopped that student before he could cause any harm."
The role of Troy's school resource officers is clearly stated.
"Sworn law enforcement officers, who are responsible for providing security and crime prevention services with the school environment," said United States Attorney Richard Hartunian.
But are police with guns and tasers necessary to stop potential violence in schools? Consider the police chief himself a bit skeptical.
"I'm not too sure that it's going to, god forbid, stop a shooting or something to that degree," said Troy Police Department Chief John Tedesco.
In fact, it was Chief Tedesco in 2012 who proposed reducing school resource officers from fulltime to parttime due to police department budget cuts. But he does see great value in the program.
Tedesco said, "I think it's a great way to recruit people into the department. You know, these guys are great role models for these kids and I hope we can influence a few to come along and wear our uniform."
Now, thanks to a federal Department of Justice grant, the police department can afford it.
"An award of $375,000 made to the City of Troy," Hartunian said. "These are the ingredients that keep our students in school, studying and working hard."
"To have trained, not only armed, but trained, police officers, who know the laws regarding the use of force, it's invaluable," said Troy Police Department commissioner Anthony Magnetto.
Magnetto was instrumental in starting the resource officer program as a police sergeant back in 1998.
"It's as appropriate in a school as it is out on the street or in the market or anywhere else in society. A uniformed police officer with a weapon, I think, is pretty much well accepted," Magnetto said.
Another $8,000 federal grant will help Troy create a Youth Peer Court, dealing with minor youth criminal offenses, furthering the mission of keeping kids off the streets and out of harm's way.