UO Public Safety Division became an official police department in October. Part of that transition includes giving guns to officers. The university says arming the officers would allow the department to expand its presence, make traffic stops and take people to jail.
Some students argue it’s just not necessary.
“At the end of the day I feel that this is an issue that they’re taking a little bit lightly,” said student Dave Drake. “They’re acting like this is going to be no big deal, no big serious change.”
“We serve the campus. We are the campus police agency, and we want to reflect they’re needs,” said UOPD Spokesperson Kelly McIver. “But also in the same time, making sure that we’re following the best professional practices and keeping our officers safe.”
The UOPD says its officers are the only ones in the PAC-12 who don’t carry guns.
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the EMU Fir Room.