The University held a series of public forums in the fall of 2013 related to the arming of URI police officers. In April 2013, 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 were 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 included below.
On April 14, 2014, URI President David Dooley "concluded it is in the best interest of the University and the safety of our community to initiate the process to arm campus police officers."
All forums were streamed on URI Live. Videos of each forum are linked below:
Campus Security: Broadening the Discussion, Jan. 30 Feinstein Providence Campus, October 30 Kingston Campus, October 28 Kingston Campus, October 7 Brown University's experience with arming campus police,
Kingston Campus, September 25
How to find out what to do in the event of an emergency: