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Cattaraugus Co. Sheriff discusses school safety measures

Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb says he believes schools should have security similar to that at court buildings, with armed personnel.

LITTLE VALLEY, NY-- The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office announced plans Monday to increase security at schools in the county.

Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb says he believes schools should have security similar to that at court buildings, with armed personnel. Although there is no word yet on how the county will pay for the changes.

"In my opinion, our schools need to no longer be soft targets. There needs to be a single fortified point of entry with an armed person to do one and one thing alone, stop people with bad intent with weapons," says Sheriff Whitcomb.

Whitcomb says armed security in schools is an overnight fix and needs to be done to keep kids safe.