- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) - Princeton University Public Safety officers will soon have access to rifles in case of campus emergencies involving active shooters or armed suspects.

School officials confirmed Tuesday that the policy change was announced Monday during a meeting of the Council of the Princeton University Community. The officers currently do not carry guns while on duty.

The policy change will be implemented over the next several months, but further details on the plan have not been disclosed.

The policy change comes in the wake of several deadly shootings on college campuses around the country.

Currently, the Princeton Police Department responds to incidents involving an armed suspect or active shooter, with the campus public safety department providing support as needed.

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