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Central Dauphin hires private security for sporting events

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

The Central Dauphin School District is going to take a new approach for security at its special events.

The board voted 6-to-1 Monday night to hire AKA Security Personnel to take the place of armed state troopers at sporting and other events this winter.

The one board member to vote no was Brian Faleshock.

"We hear these incidents across the country where people enter school buildings that are armed," he said. "I just have a genuine concern that we would not have an armed officer in the building and for that reason I will be voting no."

The district had no problem with the state police coverage, but said using AKA would save them $13,000. School officials said they were good at diffusing volatile situations.

"I have never witnessed any situation in the years that I was principal or vice principal that could not have been contained by people who were trained to do the de-escalation" said Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson.

Board president Ford Thompson said AKA neutralized a confrontation at prom last year when they were hired by the venue.

"I personally witnessed the company, these individuals handle a potentially difficult situation with great skill and with tremendous sensitivity," he said. "I was very much impressed with how they handled it."

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