Connecticut Board of Regents approves community college armed police forces

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut Board of Regents announced Thursday that they have formally approved the process for community colleges having armed police forces on their campuses.

“Our mission is to provide an affordable, accessible, high quality education at all of our institutions. To accomplish this mission, we must foster an environment where students, faculty, and staff feel safe. The passage of this thorough approval process moves us in that direction,” said Regent Merle Harris, chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee.

A comprehensive application must be submitted by the college that includes an overview of the campus, a police force description, a response plan for the incidents, and a use of force policy accompanied by a long list of items. The officers are required to be Police Officers Standards Training (POST) certified.

“Providing community colleges the option to have special police forces on campus is driven by the desire consistently expressed by students, faculty and staff to feel safe,” said Mark Ojakian, President of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU), “It is part of our larger approach including reviewing all of our support services and physical infrastructure to ensure we’re doing everything we can to protect the learning environment on all of our campuses.”

The community college applications are going to be reviewed by a committee that consists of CSCU legal and human resources staff. After the application package has been reviewed it will be submitted to the President, Mark Ojakian.

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