Orange Orange County Public Schools, the tenth largest school district in the U.S., voted to establish its own police force in response to safety concerns prompted by the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.

Both Orange County Public School officials and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office say there has been no increase in violent crimes on school grounds, but district officials say the new officers will have arrest powers and be allowed to carry weapons on school property based upon external reviews of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting that left 20 children and six adult staff members dead.

“There are threats all the time and we need a greater level of intelligence gathering,” school board Chairman Bill Sublette told My News 13. “We need a greater ability to access local, state and federal databases, none of which we can do without our own police force.”

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