January 20th, 2015
Nearly all campus police officers at public universities now carry
guns, pepper spray and other weapons, according to a new Justice
Department report, and experts say more private schools are looking to
Overall, about two-thirds of public and private
campuses used armed officers during the 2011-12 school year, according
to the Bureau of Justice Statistics survey of 900 four-year colleges
with at least 2,500 students. Officers at public universities were more
than twice as likely as those at private schools to carry guns.
Despite the increase, schools aren't required to report weapon use to federal authorities.