Oregon bill seeks to disarm campus police at 2 universities

This might not be the smartest action to take. No one is going to respond quicker to incidents that occur on-campus than campus police officers. With the amount of students, faculty and visitors that travel through and congregate at large universities, the potential for a larger amount of severe crime is there. The time it takes for a municipal or state police officer to respond can be critical. Of course, the recent events listed in the article are tragic, but the knee-jerk reaction of scrapping the entire police force is a dangerous one. -- IFPO.

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Portland Oregon March 5 2019 -- Portland Democratic Rep. Diego Hernandez and the Oregon Student Association introduced a bill Thursday looking to disarm campus police at Portland State University and the University of Oregon.

The practice of having armed campus officers has drawn scrutiny from students and some faculty and staff at Oregon universities following incidents involving sworn campus officers.

Last June, Portland State University Police shot and killed Jason Washington, a 45-year-old Navy Veteran, after witnesses said he was attempting to break up a fight.

Last May, University of Oregon Campus Police drew weapons on a student they mistook for a suspect inside of the student union.

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A recent independent review of campus safety at Portland State University suggested that the school continue arming its officers.

“While we have provided several alternatives to armed officers, we believe, after our extensive research and reflection, that Portland State should retain armed officers as a comportment to its Campus Public Safety Office,” the consultants said in the report published earlier this month.

Student leaders from both PSU and UO have expressed support for the bill.

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