By Nate Walsh
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Springfield College is looking into allowing its police force to carry firearms as the school looks to strengthen public safety on its campus.
The college, which will celebrate its 125th anniversary this year, is currently in the process of selecting a consultant to audit the school’s Department of Public Safety, according to Vice President for Administration and Finance John Mailhot, and college officials plan on making a decision on whether or not to allow the police force to carry firearms later in the year.
“As institutions of higher education across the country place the safety of all persons on their campuses as a top priority, there is a growing trend toward authorizing campus police officers to carry firearms. Springfield College will conduct a study this year on the concept of equipping its campus police officers with firearms,” states Mailhot in e-mail released Thursday.
According to Mailhot, the state Department of Public Safety trains all college police officers, and they have powers of arrest.