Discussions on college police

We are committed to the safety of our students, our dedicated faculty and staff, and the community members we welcome onto our campuses. Many colleges and universities across New England and around the country have engaged their respective communities in discussions about whether or not to arm campus police. We believe now is the time for CCRI to do so as well.

This fall, we will begin a dialogue with our college, our host communities, and local and state law enforcement that will inform the decision of whether or not to arm our college police. We know that this decision is a significant one for our college, and we ask that you engage with us in a thoughtful dialogue when we welcome back students and faculty in the fall.

Beginning in September, we will ask for your involvement through:

  • Faculty and staff open forums
  • Student open forums
  • Online opportunities for input

This feedback from students, faculty, and staff will be a critical part of the deliberations as the CCRI Environmental Health and Safety Committee and then President’s Council develop recommendations on whether or not to arm our police.

When we return in the fall, please look for more details about how to engage in this important discussion. If you have any questions in the interim, please contact Vice President of Business Affairs, David Patten at dpatten@ccri.edu.

Meghan Hughes