(KCEN) -- Starting today, armed police officers will be stationed at all schools in Marlboro Township, New Jersey.
The change comes just weeks after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
Officers will now man each school while students are there.
Marlboro leaders say police officers in all schools will be the new standard until they come up with a permanent upgraded security plan.
Marlboro Township Mayor Jonathan Jornik said, "My job is to keep the jurisdiction and the people in Marlboro safe. There's 8,000 students at Marlboro Township and right now, based on advice of my police department, it is safer to have our trained police officers in the schools than not."
Jornik says he came up with the idea before the NRA suggested it.