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August 24, 2012
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Ill. police request assault rifles in schools

The chief of police wants school resource officers to be able to store rifles in their offices for students' protection

By PoliceOne Staff

PLAINFIELD, Ill. — The chief of police in a town near Chicago proposed putting gun safes in schools so school resources officers can store rifles inside their offices.

If officers who work in high schools were to keep AR 15 semi-automatic weapons, they could better respond to potential school shootings, Plainfield Police wrote in a request to the district.

Chief John Konopek said in a statement obtained by NBC Chicago that during training exercises, long guns have been shown to be better suited to those incidents than handguns, and it is imperative officers be prepared.

"Unfortunately, in today’s society active shooter incidents are no longer something we see on TV," Konopek said. "They are reality.”

A school board committee is set to review the request Sept. 19.

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