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  • Northeastern University, despite BPD objections, arms campus police with semiautomatic rifles

    WGBH - 12/08/2015

    “I understand his concern — his perspective — but I’m also the person responsible for the safety and security of this campus,” said Northeastern University Police Chief Michael Davis, who says five or six minutes may be too late.

    “My primary concern is what are we doing to make sure we are prepared,” Davis said. “The fact of the matter is that we can respond really, really quickly to any emergency on this campus, because we are here.”

    Davis says his officers are fully-trained, and already carry handguns, but he recently made a decision to train 20 specific officers and have 20 tactical rifles on hand in case of an active shooter on campus.

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