By Trey Rusk
I'm not a fan of indecisiveness, rules of engagement or training our police how to retreat from criminals and calling it dis-engagement. There are a couple of kinds of threats that have to be dealt with without hesitation. These threats are fanatics who are willing to die in an attempt to murder because of a belief or cause and School Shooting Child Mass Murderers.
Police officers assigned to schools should be highly trained expert marksmen that prove their abilities semi-annually or be dismissed. Unfortunately, in the past many school resource officers have been selected based upon their age (close to retirement and looking for the easy gig) or by being favored by the school principal or a board member.
School resource officers have two bosses. Most school resource officers have to kiss up to school administrators or be replaced because of a disagreement in how the law or school policy is enforced. The department from which they are assigned have sent them to enforce the penal code. The school district may order the officer to enforce non-criminal related policy. This should never be allowed unless the school policy is also a violation of the law.
I recognize a need for specially trained tacticians to be placed in schools to combat active shooters. They might not even be police officers but instead former special forces operatives whose mission includes quickly killing an active shooter. People with a lot of been there and done that experience. Mercenaries if you will whose daily operational plan is to protect the people at any cost.
I'm going to go further and suggest that these soldiers of fortune be openly armed with long guns, silencers and breaching equipment. Their dress and demeanor should be the same as it was in while serving on a mission in a foreign country.
I'm not the only person to believe that this is the way to stop active shooters. Recently a Charter School in Florida has implemented this type of protection. They interviewed 600 former special forces personnel before hiring two to protect their campus.
Active shooters would know the difference between a campus cop and a Special Ops Professional who can hit a orange at 100 yards or cut their throat with a K-Bar. If they couldn't they would never know what hit them anyway.
That's the way I see it.