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Greenfield College Chief Proposes Armed Police

GCC GUNSGREENFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — With the increased number of school shootings, more and more colleges are looking to arm their campus police.

Greenfield Community College is the latest local college to consider letting its police officers carry guns.

Bill Mayrose is chief of police at Greenfield Community College. He does not carry a gun. But that could be changing in the not too distant future.

College President Robert Pura feels it’s time that the school’s three full-time officers carry guns.

“It’s post Sandy Hook experience , and with the numbers of experiences on high schools and colleges around the country, we want to make sure our emergency response is the best possible,” says Pura.

Chief Mayrose says the three officers involved would have to undergo specialized training.

“We’re already certified as police officers in the state so the additional training we would need is the firearms qualification and that training would require psychological and emotional stability evaluation, a training on the range with the weapon we would carry , use of force policy, proficiency, handgun retention, defensive tactics and things like that,” adds Chief Mayrose.

Greenfield Community College officials say they want to make a safe campus safer.

“Everything we’ve learned, everything that I’ve learned suggests that lives can be saved in the amount of time it takes to respond to the worst case scenario,” says Robert Pura.

The proposal to arm police officers on campus is expected to come before the board of trustees on February 12th.

If it’s approved at that time and with the required training that follows we could see police officers  carrying weapons on campus as early as this Summer.

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  • TheScottishWeasel

    Using THREE EXAMPLES of a time a gun saved people VS the THOUSANDS of times they kill multiple victims, is just pathetic, absolutely pathetic.
    On second thought, with nuts like Emm running around armed, maybe we all should arm ourselves in case we run into her.

  • RacinJason

    Well, weasel, It’s easy to see who is the stupid one, spouting off about something you seem to know nothing about. The Chief doesn’t say he wants a bunch of guns running around on campus. He wants trained officers, who can respond much more quickly thane the town police. If you’ve never made a 911 call for an emergency, then you wouldn’t know how long it takes, just to get through to the local dispatcher. Then you have to give a big song and dance before the dispatcher even sends out a call. Then some officer has to leave his post behind the Dunkin’ and respond to the scene. This has been my experience.