Upper St. Clair seeks permission to arm school police officers

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The Upper St. Clair School District has petitioned the Allegheny County Common Pleas Court for permission to arm its school police officers.

District Superintendent Patrick O’Toole said that while the two officers currently employed by the district have the same certification and training as municipal police officers, they traditionally haven’t carried guns.

Mr. O’Toole said there is no immediate plan to arm the officers, though the district wants the option should the need arise.

“It’s a procedural requirement,” he said. “If we need to act quickly, we don’t want to have to go through the process of petitioning the court.”

According to a petition filed Monday, the district is seeking to employ a third school police officer, Jason Remmy, and to have permission to arm him and fellow officers Joseph D. Conners and Corrin M. Culhane. Each has received training in the use of firearms, Mr. O’Toole said.

The district conducted a criminal background and child abuse check of Mr. Remmy and said he is “reliable, trustworthy and conscientious,” according to the filing that was submitted by district Solicitor Robert F. Prorok.

Janice Crompton: jcrompton@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1159.

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