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School police seek better tools to fight intruders

Readiness unsure in event of attack

Some members of the Boston School Department’s police force believe they might be unprepared to ­respond to a mass shooting like the one in Newtown, Conn., because they cannot carry guns and lack bulletproof vests and adequate training to defuse such a situation.

School police also could encounter challenges in summoning armed officers from the Boston ­Police Department because their decade-old radio system prevents them from communicating directly with the city’s police force or Emergency Medical Services, said a lawyer representing some officers.

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