Supervisors delay vote on arming probation officers

Decision to arm Washington County probation officers has been tabled pending more information


By C1 Staff

FORT EDWARD — The decision to arm Washington County probation officers has been tabled pending more information.

The Post Star reports that the Public Safety Committee asked for a report from Probation Director Anthony White, focusing on information such safety measures for probation officers and the number of incidents that might have been avoided had probation officers been armed.

White had earlier delivered information to supervisors along with his request for his department of 13 probation officers, including himself, to be armed. All probation officers are trained to carry weapons and are recertified each year; they do carry pepper spray and are issued bulletproof vests.

White included proposed gun procedures and policies for the department along with his request.

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