The nearly 14,000-student Topeka district has 10 officers on a district-led force and contracts for another 10 officers through the local police department. Director of school safety Ron Brown says the district's force carries only semi-automatic handguns, while the officers contracted through the police department also carry semi-automatic rifles. When the semi-automatic rifles are in the schools, they are secured in gun safes.
Brown recently told the school board that he wants his officers to have semi-automatic rifles, too. He is requesting Colt AR-15s. He says that would equalize the firepower in a confrontation with someone armed with an assault rifle.