The University will present a series of public forums this fall related to the arming of URI police officers. In April, a report of an individual with a gun in Chafee Social Science Center activated the campus-wide emergency response operations. While the police investigations concluded that there was no gun and the incident was never a threat to public safety, it proved to be a valuable test of the University's emergency response.
As part of the Chafee incident assessment, the arming of campus police was recommended as a way to improve the capabilities of the URI police as first responders to life-threatening emergency situations.
Members of the University community are encouraged to inform themselves of the issues surrounding the arming of campus police officers and to participate in these public sessions. A series of resources - reports and studies - are available below.
October 28, Memorial Union Ballroom, 3-4 PM October 30, Feinstein Providence Campus, Auditorium 4-5 PM
All forums will be streamed on URI Live.
Open Forum, Kingston Campus, October 7, 3-4 PM, Memorial Union Ballroom
Watch the video of this discussion.
Brown University's Experience with Arming Campus Police, September 25, 3-4 PM, Memorial Union Ballroom
(Watch the video of this discussion.)
Members of the campus community may submit comments, concerns or questions regarding the issue of arming campus police at www.uri.edu/emergency/questions.
How to find out what to do in the event of an emergency: