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Armed Cops at URI: Do You Agree?

The University of Rhode Island on Monday announced it will start arming campus police officers after a gun scare last year.

File photo.
File photo.

The University of Rhode Island on Monday announced it will start arming campus police officers.

The institution made the decision after an incident last year where an individual was reported to be armed inside the Chafee Social Science Center. It turned out to be a false alarm; no gun was found.

The university said its unarmed police officers responded to the scene within 40 seconds but had to wait outside for five minutes until armed South Kingstown police officers arrived.  

“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 Dooley in a statement. “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.”

Paul Bueno de Mesquita, a URI professor who also serves as director of its Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies, questioned the policy in an open letter.

"Guns have never helped to build a safer community," de Mesquita said. "Can we be certain that arming our campus police with weapons of deadly force will make our campus safer? In the heat of a crisis or a false alarm of the kind that happened at URI last month, should we not be thankful that our security force was not armed and did not have to face the situation with the potential for unknowingly or accidentally firing at an innocent student(?)"

What do you think of URI's decision to arm campus police officers? Share your opinion in the comments.

Leave RI April 25, 2014 at 09:39 PM
Aspir7n^^ URI..alumni or have kids there?? No? Thanks for validating that your argument here is invalid..
Leave RI April 25, 2014 at 09:42 PM
Don't remember commenting on a support for a business. If you're advocating a surrogate "support" activity then I'll wait for that subject.
Tom Badger April 27, 2014 at 02:01 PM
I see 2 very old and busy companies that thousands depend on for jobs is leaving for the deep south namely Colt who's one of my favorites and also Remington firearms which is where not long ago is where I was living and working up in Ilion NY. The economy is already real bad where these companies are let alone when they leave to a much friendlier Deep South. Good luck to those who can pack their bags and follow them there .
getreal April 27, 2014 at 02:13 PM
Wow something we can agree on Tom. You are capable of clear thought once in a while.
Tom Badger April 27, 2014 at 03:23 PM
GetsReemed : in most things especially as far as fiscal sanity you do not lol .

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