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Consultants to recommend security upgrades


School districts across the state are taking unique approaches to security and in Rocky Hill, consultants from New York visited town this week.

The halls at Griswold Middle School were once again filled with students last week and while the students focus on getting to class, the focus outside is on security.

A team of security experts were hired by town officials to look at all four schools in Rocky Hill, inside and out. A lot of what they look at is access, the want to know how doors are locked and who comes there. 

Security isn't always something that can be seen.

"You can have a sophisticated apparatus and the best of them are those that are invisible," said John Colgan of Secure Watch.

Colgan, who is a retired New York City police officer, started a security company and most of his work has been at universities. These days, however, he's doing more at high schools, middle schools and even elementary schools.

Many schools have open campuses and anyone can come to the athletic fields.

School Superintendent Mark Zito said they are not trying to make their schools like fortresses and even if they wanted to, it would almost be impossible.

Zito said what happened at Sandy Hook made people realize changes need to be made.

"We want to maintain normalcy, but make our schools as safe as possible," Zito said.

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