Our members at such institutions as Rutgers, Yale, Brown, Harvard and numerous Historically Black Universities and Colleges across the country have served their campus communities as armed officers for years with professionalism, honor and respect.
Decisions such as this have consistently been made after extensive debate and conversation amongst campus constituents, and have typically been weighted based upon known best practices and strong consideration of recognized national standards for professional law enforcement services. And it should be well and duly recognized that, as stated in the United States Supreme Court decision in US v. Miller, Government bodies have significant incentives to ensure police are adequately equipped to protect themselves in personal confrontations.
It is not expected that everyone within the University of Rhode Island campus community will be pleased with this decision. This decision does, however, recognize that the campus and its administrators have a duty, responsibility and obligation to insure that the highest levels of professionalism are provided to the various constituents that they represent, provide for needed, timely responses to critical incidents, and properly equip those who are relied upon and required to be first responders. Anything less than this is inexcusable and serves as a detriment to campus safety and the secure environments that exist.