The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education has responded to a nationwide epidemic of mass shootings, some taking place at community colleges, by voting to allow armed security officers on state community college campuses.
Last week, a resolution passed by the board gave Connecticut community colleges the opportunity to arm or forbid arming their security. This is not the final step in the process, though. Before security can be armed, the Connecticut General Assembly must first pass a bill calling for the creation of groups of officers who are specifically trained to carry weapons, known as “special police forces.”
Police at UConn and security at Connecticut’s four regional universities are already able to carry guns, but all twelve community colleges leading up to this decision, excluding Naugatuck Valley Community College and Gateway Community College, are weaponless campuses.
“UConn has its own accredited police department, and any decisions by the Board of Regents involving security for their campuses is outside of our purview,” UConn spokesperson Stephanie Reitz said of the decision.
Manchester Community College (MCC) has long been a proponent of arming their security officers, and was part of a strong push for such a resolution. Speaking for the office of the president, Michael Jordan-Reilly, a Manchester Community College (MCC) spokesperson, supported the decision.
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