Greenfield College Chief Proposes Armed Police
GREENFIELD, 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.