Rochester, N.Y. March 29 2019— The University of Rochester is considering adding more armed security.
Right now, there are 87 peace officers who provide security for all of the various University of Rochester campuses.
Forty-nine of them are armed, but they are only stationed at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Strong Memorial Hospital.
UR first added armed officers 2017. The other peace officers on the college campus do carry items like pepper spray, but they don't carry guns.
A new proposal would put - per shift - two armed peace officers on the River Campus and one at the Eastman School of Music downtown.
The biggest reason behind the change, according to an outline of the proposal on the university's website, is to reduce response time.
It takes an average of six minutes for a peace officer to get from the University of Rochester Medical Center to the River Campus. That's more than triple the amount of time compared to if an armed peace officer was already on site.
"In an active shooter situation or a situation involving a weapon, these extra minutes cost lives," the outline notes.
The Eastman School of Music campus relies on the Rochester Police Department to assist in matters in which a weapon is involved.
Student Aayushi Kapadia is finishing up her first year at the college. A native of India, this is her first time in the
United States. A few months ago, she said her roommate was robbed at gunpoint near the River Campus.
“That was pretty scary for her," she says.
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