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The town of Secaucus made the decision to add armed police officers to patrol the town's five public schools, Mayor Michael Gonnelli announced Friday afternoon.

Full-time, uniformed Secaucus police officers started Friday morning at the high school and middle school, Huber Street elementary, Clarendon elementary and Millridge school. One officer will be in place at each school. The decision was made Thursday evening in a meeting with the town Board of Education, the Secaucus police chief and the schools superintendent, Jennifer Montesano.

There was previously an existing security guard at the high school, but he was not armed. After the Valentine's Day massacre in Florida, Gonnelli said he felt the need to protect the town. They will be in place indefinitely.

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