Aug. 30, 2007
UI President Mason considers proposal to arm campus police
University of Iowa President Sally Mason and the presidents of Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa have accepted and are reviewing a report and recommendation that police officers at Iowa's three regents universities be authorized to carry firearms as standard equipment. The recommendation was submitted to the presidents by the vice presidents and directors of public safety at the three universities.
The report and recommendations are available in PDF form at http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2007/august/082907firearms-recommendation.pdf.
Mason is discussing the recommendations with campus leaders and will decide over the next few weeks whether to concur with them. She will pass her decision on to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. The Legislature asked the regents for a detailed study of campus safety and security measures, including a review of the issue of arming campus police, by Oct. 15.
Mason has asked the UI Faculty Senate, Staff Council and Student Government body to review and respond to the report's recommendations. Other members of the university community also are invited to respond by sending comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, Sept. 10.
The recommendation and accompanying report calls for authorizing police officers on the state university campuses to carry firearms and stipulates that police must meet stringent training and firearms recertification requirements.
In making the recommendation, the UI, ISU and UNI vice presidents and public safety officers point out that:
--The state universities' campuses are larger than many Iowa communities and experience all of the problems that exist in society at large.
--Police who are armed can respond more rapidly to a threat.
--Law enforcement officers at the three regent universities meet the same
--Training and educational levels of regents police equal or surpass many municipal and county counterparts in law enforcement.
--Local, state and national law enforcement agencies support arming police.
All comparable universities or colleges in the United States authorize their certified police officers to carry firearms as standard equipment.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500