Wilton security task force receives its charge

The Wilton Security Task Force, created out of concerns following the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December, was given its mission at the Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday night, March 4.

The objectives, as outlined in the statement from the board, are:

• Assess the current status of safety and security in Wilton’s schools and public facilities.

• Analyze identified areas in which security gaps or shortfalls exist and need remediation.

• Recommend balanced security practices and solutions to further enhance safety and security.

• Assess new technology, systems and products, make cost/benefit assessments and provide recommendations that support Wilton security enhancement objectives.

• Promote security educational programs that strengthen relationships between school administrators and emergency response personnel to create a safe school and community environment.

• Educate Wilton organizations and the community on best security procedures.

Nine members were elected to the task force by the Board of Selectmen in February, with Second Selectman Hal Clark serving as the liaison from the board. Three members come from the Wilton Board of Education, one from the Wilton Police Department, and the remaining four members are citizen volunteers. The volunteers will serve two-year terms.

The new task force will hold public meetings and provide minutes available to the public. It will also give reports and recommendations to the Board of Selectmen on occasion.