PSU security one of few Oregon armed campus forces

Umpqua Community College guards not armed

An armed security officer on the Portland State University campus, Oct. 2, 2015 (KOIN)
An armed security officer on the Portland State University campus, Oct. 2, 2015 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Most Oregon college campuses do not have armed security, but after 4 years of study the Portland State University security force became the latest to add guns.

PSU joined the University of Oregon, Oregon State University and OHSU in arming their campus security.

There are now 4 uniformed police officers on the PSU campus who went through months of training at the Oregon State Police academy and field training. There are 10 other PSU security officers who do not carry a gun..

The fact PSU is an urban campus with 30,000 students is one of the reasons the school voted to approve arming their officers. PSU officers can use their gun in situations where another person is armed, an active threat and someone who is actively resisting.

The university is in the process of adding 8 more officers over the next 3 years.

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