Holyoke Community College Considering Arming Campus Police Force to Increase Public Safety

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The Holyoke Community College Campus Safety Committee has scheduled a May 22 public hearing to hear opinions from the college community about a proposal to arm the campus police force as a way increase public safety.

According to a release from the college, its Board of Trustees is considering arming the college's nine full-time police officers as a way of increasing campus safety and in particular to prepare them to respond to "a shooter in the classroom" scenario.

HCC is patrolled continually by its nine-member police force, all of whom are graduates of the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Academy or the Massachusetts State Police Training Academy.

The emphasis on campus safety is getting a new look in response to what was termed as only "unfortunate current events."

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