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RI Board to Consider Arming College Police

 
RI Board to Consider Arming College Police


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The Rhode Island Board of Education plans to vote later this month on whether to allow the state's three public colleges to arm their campus police.
 
Board of Education Chairwoman Eva-Marie Mancuso tells the Providence Journal the vote will come at a May 20th meeting.
 
The board heard Wednesday from Robert A. Weygand, the University of Rhode Island's vice president of administration and finance.  He said it took armed Kingston officers five minutes longer than unarmed campus police to respond to an April 4 report of a gunman on campus.
 
A university report on that incident recommended giving guns to campus police officers.
 
The vote would leave the ultimate decision on arming police up to the presidents of URI, Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island.

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