UO considers arming officers

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The University of Oregon is debating whether campus police should be armed with handguns.

In 2012, the University of Oregon Police Department checked out 366 reports of suspicious persons on campus, Interim Chief Carolyn McDermed said. Of those, 88 percent were non-students who had no affiliation to campus.

Some were felons. Some had warrants for their arrest and “some were armed with weapons,” McDermed said.

In those situations, unarmed police are severely limited in what they can do, she said.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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