SOUTH KINGSTOWN – University of Rhode Island campus police will soon carry guns under a new policy announced last week, The Associated Press reported. The school was the only public university in the country where campus police do not carry firearms.
The announcement came a little more than a year after a gun scare at the university’s main campus in South Kingstown, when a panic was set off after people inside a lecture hall said they heard someone say they had a gun. Police found no firearm.
Campus police were at the scene in under a minute, but they had to wait about five minutes for armed police from South Kingstown to arrive, said Director of Public Safety Stephen Baker.