Welcome! Login | Register
 

Chanel Fashion Designer Lagerfeld Passes Away at 85—Chanel Fashion Designer Lagerfeld Passes Away at 85

5 Questions On The Trail Blazers In The 2nd Half Of The Season Answered—5 Questions On The Trail Blazers In The…

Winterhawks Win Weekend With 3 & 3 Plus A Pair of Hat Tricks For Blichfeld—Winterhawks Win Weekend With 3 & 3 Plus…

Working Out With Kids—Working Out With Kids

Not All Emergencies Need a 911 Call – “Sunday Political Brunch” - February 17, 2019—Not All Emergencies Need a 911 Call –…

Seahawks’ Draft Prospects – Wide Receivers—Seahawks’ Draft Prospects – Wide Receivers

Anatomy Of A GOAT: Championships, Context, And David Foster Wallace’s ‘String Theory’—Anatomy Of A GOAT: Championships, Context, And David…

Fit for Life: Til Death do us Part—Fit for Life: Til Death do us Part

Can The Alliance Of American Football Find More Success Than The XFL?—Can The Alliance Of American Football Find More…

5 Questions On NBA All-Star Weekend Answered!—5 Questions On NBA All-Star Weekend Answered!

 
 

Oregon Health & Science University Arms Campus Cops

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

 

OHSU Police

Greg Moawad, left, is Director of the OHSU Police Department. Heath Kula, right, is Deputy Chief of the OHSU Police Department.

Oregon Health & Science University armed its police force on Monday, making it the second school in Oregon to establish its own armed police. 

OHSU is taking advantage of new Oregon laws allowing state colleges and OHSU to establish and arm their own police forces.

Before the new laws, Oregon universities had to contract with local and state police to handle campus crime. They also had their own, unarmed security guards. Universities are now looking to create their own police departments by either hiring police or getting their staff trained to be certified police officers. 

OHSU armed five officers Monday morning, though officials said not much should change on campus. 

“99.9 percent of the day-to-day activities of our officers don't change,” OHSU Police Department Director Greg Moawad said. “What's changed is that they're prepared for that 0.1 percent chance that there is an active shooter on campus.” 

The potential of an active shooter situation, like the kind on the campus of Pacific University in Seattle last summer, was the primary reason for the university move.   Current Portland police response times to the university campus was between 7 and 14 minutes.  The average active shooter event lasts between 5 and 7 minutes, according to Moawad.  

“Communication and de-escalation are going to be key for our officers,” he added. 

Until Monday, the University of Oregon was the only public college to have its own armed police

The U of O lobbied the legislature in 2011 to allow universities to have their own police forces. The law passed and in 2013 the school got permission from the Board of Higher Education to train and arm its own cops. Those officers started patrolling the Eugene campus last year.

The university is arming officers as they come onto their shifts, Moawad said. Three more were expected to get their guns Monday night. Eventually, the police force of 25 officers will all be armed. 

“It is going to put them into a position if we had a catastrophic event on our campus that they will be able to respond,” Moawad said. 

Portland State University is mulling the idea of establishing its own police department and will hold an open forum Oct. 7 to get feedback, PSU Director of Communications Scott Gallagher said. 

 

Related Articles

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.

 
Delivered Free Every
Day to Your Inbox