By Jenn Jacques
The Navy will be placing armed watch-standers at recruiting stations nationwide. The decision comes more than a year after seeing shootings at a recruiting station and a reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which claimed the lives of four Marines and one sailor.
The decision was made after reviewing the findings in a broad investigation into the security of Navy buildings outside major bases, like reserve centers and recruiting stations open to the public, which did not have armed guards.
“We are in the final stages of preparations for implementation” of the policy, said Cmdr. Dave Aliberti, policy branch head for Fleet Forces Command’s anti-terrorism, force protection directorate. “It is going to be a system put in place to arm personnel that are there for deterrent value and to provide protection.”
The guards will be trained, uniformed sailors, strictly for security of the building, said one official on background. That official also confirmed the guards will not be authorized to respond to other crimes within in the area, which is prohibited by law.
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Source:: Bearing Arms