Central New York law enforcement officers create company to target school violence
Thu, 19 Dec 2013 23:19:30 GMT —
It was the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT just a little over a year ago, that prompted these Central New York law enforcement officers to target the problem of school violence.
Detective, SWAT team member, and concerned parent Tom Czyz decided to take matters into his own hands. He formed the company Armoured One and brought on a highly skilled team including Scott Bollinger, a member of the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department for 18 years.
"Anger first and frustration secondly. I don't think as a country were doing enough. I think we should be more outraged than we are," says Bollinger.
Armoured One installs a security laminate on school's existing windows, making them smash, bullet, and bomb resistent.
To test it's strength, CNYCentral's Dora Scheidell shot at the glass twice with a shotgun and hit it repeatedly with a baseball bat. The glass remained in tact and only gave way after several swings from Armoured One's 200 pound Chief Operations Officer, Tino Amodei.
"If we're slowing them down five minutes were drastically changing what a shooter can do at a school," says Amodei.
With this kind of security measure, Armoured One hopes to slow down a shooter, giving law enforcement time to respond.
In addition to reinforcing windows, Armoured One's team of highly skilled law enforcement officers will train teachers for the worst case scenario.
"It's not just in Connecticut. This can happen anywhere. I think the worst thing is having the mentality that its never going to happen here," says Amodei.
"There's always going to be a delay to get the police officers on scene. The only people who can do anything to stop the killing are the people who are already there. The teachers and the students at the school," says Bollinger.
It starts with a simple building assessment. After 18 years with the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department and 13 with the SWAT team, trainer Scott Bollinger knows what to look for.
"We look at a building and we try to look at it as a SWAT operator. How would I exploit the tactical weaknesses of this building because that's what these killers are doing when they're going into schools," says Bollinger.
Several Central New York schools are signing up, but some continue to resist.
"Out of everything we've done the biggest frustration is having people who won't even let us come into the school to just talk to them and see where they're at," says Amodei.
Just like their windows, the men that make up Armoured One are hoping to reinforce schools and protect the innocent young lives that are just there to learn.