- Associated Press - Sunday, January 19, 2014

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) - The president of Greenfield Community College is proposing to arm the school’s three police officers.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1ahe6ph ) that college officials are concerned it would take too long for local or state police to respond to a shooter.

The proposal by President Robert Pura must be approved by the college’s board of trustees and will likely come up for a vote on Feb. 12. He says he’s not fond of guns but that his proposal comes down to the critical minutes needed to stop a shooter.

Bill Mayrose, the college’s chief of police, said he and two other licensed police officers would complete between 40 and 60 hours of training before they could carry guns.

Student Senate President Kia Burton McLaughlin said it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.

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Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.), https://www.gazettenet.com

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