School police in one local Utah district are now being armed with AR-15 rifles. According to NBC News, the Granite School District Police Department equipped its officers with the weapons in order to reassure parents.
Police Chief Randy Johnson stressed that the rifles would assist the authorities when dealing with “rapid response” situations.
“If we don’t get in and stop the shooter, more people are going to die,” Johnson told NBC station KSL.
As NBC News points out, the Granite School District Police Department also installed a camera system in all Granite District schools.
“Most shootings will be over very quickly and so if we arrive on the scene and we can hear gunshots, the officers are now being trained to go to the sound of the gunfire and stop the threat that is taking place,” Johnson told the Salt Lake Tribune. “We know that we don’t have a lot of time to save people’s lives.”