The Arming Question

Number 25397
Subject Police
Source The Daily Princetonian
State New Jersey
Year 2011
Publication Date March 2-4, 2011
Summary Princeton Public Safety officers are sworn police officers who have the same training and enforce the same laws as local police officers, and they are responsible for responding to the same incidents -- including armed incidents -- as local officers. Yet University Public Safety officers are forbidden from carrying guns. Despite the Virginia Tech shootings and three gun scares on Princeton's campus in recent years, the University has been steadfast in its opposition to arming its officers. But our investigation casts doubt on the University's conclusion that keeping officers unarmed will not affect the response to a shooter on campus and that arming would negatively impact student-officer relationships.
Category Contest Entry
Pages 9
Keywords campus safety; Princeton University; guns; police officers
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