Rhode Island colleges disagree on arming campus police

Warwick campus of the Community College of Rhode Island. File photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Two of Rhode Island’s public colleges have found themselves at odds over the idea of arming campus police officers.

The Providence Journal reports the University of Rhode Island and Community College of Rhode Island submitted reports Tuesday to a state lawmaker on their recommendations for arming school police.

The University of Rhode Island armed its officers in May 2015 following a campus-wide scare and says it remains a smart decision.

The Community College of Rhode Island cites the costs as one factor against taking the step to arm school police and says the school will continue to train its officers in “non-lethal” force.

 

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