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URI to begin arming campus police

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By: Dee DeQuattro

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The University of Rhode Island will begin arming campus police officers with hand guns. The university made the announcement on Monday morning.

The announcement comes about a year after a weapon scare on campus. Since that time lawmakers approved a bill allowing campus police officers to be armed.

All URI campus police officers are graduates of the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy. Upon successful completion of all requirements and training the officers will be permitted to carry guns. The University Department of Public Safety is currently working to outline the policies, procedures, and training necessary in the implementation of the new policy.

"Our foremost priority is the safety and security of every member of our community and we have taken many steps over the past year to enhance campus safety," said URI President David M. Dooley. "Campus-wide discussions have provided critical feedback. In order to provide the safest environment possible and to ensure a timely response to any threat to the safety of our campuses, our police officers must be equipped properly to function as first responders."

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