URI delays arming of campus officers

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KINGSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The arming of URI campus police has been delayed several months pending necessary officer testing, the university confirmed on Monday.

With the semester beginning on Tuesday, school officials say that students might not see armed officers on campus until mid-April at the earliest.

According to school spokeswoman Linda Acciardo, some of the necessary steps needed to implement the plan are behind schedule.

All officers in the department must undergo a background check, psychological evaluations, and weapons training before they can be armed and Acciardo said that the state police conducted background checks in October, two months later than expected.

The necessary testing cannot be completed until later this month, therefore pushing back weapons training.

Acciardo said that URI police at both the Providence and Kingston campuses expect to be armed before the spring semester ends.

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