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Armed Officers On Augustana Campus?

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Whether or not to allow armed officers on the Augustana College campus in Rock Island is up for consideration.
     
It's a proposal that would require three of the school's10 public safety officers to carry handguns. School officials say this could help keep students safe should a mass shooting happen on campus.
     
They want to be proactive and be prepared for the worst.

"The difference would be that the response time would be with someone who has a gun that can provide a different kind of response than someone who doesn't," said Dean Evelyn Campbell.

Allowing those officers to carry guns would cost the school $20-to-$30 thousand.
     
That includes salary, equipment and training but before this can happen, the board of trustees and the state needs to approve the proposal.
     
If it is granted some officers would be able to carry as soon as August.

 

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