Gun shortage forces new officers to use own weapons
By Kerri Bartlett
Although the Williamson County sheriff has hired 26 new School Resource Officers to protect school children, some might have to use their own guns.
“We are asking some officers to use their own gun if they have one until they can be replaced by the county,” said Sheriff Jeff Long.
The sheriff reported that an international shortage of 1.5 million Glock handguns is affecting the availability of the weapon-of-choice for the sheriff’s office. Long said may have to find another dealer and that it is uncertain when the guns will be delivered.
In January, the Williamson County Commission approved $2.5 million to hire, equip and train 32 SROs to work in the 24 WCS elementary schools and the eight elementary and middle schools that comprise the Franklin Special School District. Long said he has placed several officers in area schools, and that the others will be in place by the start of the 2013-14 school year.
“The quality of the personnel is exemplary,” Long said.
Twenty-four of the SROs were transferred from the county detention division to fill the positions, and thus already supplied with county guns.
Posted on: 3/4/2013