PSU vote to arm campus police follows national trend

January 20, 2015 / Phil Lesch

January 20th, 2015

Portland State University's move last month to create an armed police force brings the campus in line with national trends, according to a new Justice Department report.

Nearly all campus police officers at public universities now carry guns, pepper spray and other weapons, the report found, and experts say more private schools are looking to arm police.

PSU Board of Trustees voted Dec. 11 to allow campus officers to carry firearms. Before that happens, though, a committee including students, faculty and staff must write a plan setting forth special training requirements, use of force policies and other conditions for the new police force. The board will then take another vote in June before deploying armed officers.

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