HACKENSACK, NJ -- Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse has announcing that plans are currently in the works for retired police officers to provide additional security in all Hackensack schools.

City Manager Ted Ehrenburg has already met with Acting Superintendent of Schools Rosemary Marks and an agreement is nearing completion, according to Labrosse.  

“There is nothing more important than protecting our children during these difficult times in our nation’s history,”Labrosse said. “The presence of these fully-trained retired officers will make every school, every student and every staff member safer.”

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Labrosse added that part of the plan would be funded through additional grants and a combination of school and city budgeting. The retired officers would be assigned to the middle school, four elementary schools and the pre-K program. Hackensack High School will continue to be protected by a School Resource Officer who is a current HPD member.

"It’s a sad commentary on what’s going on in our country but recent events have shown that every school in every town and city is a potential target," Labrosse said in a Facebook post.