Some safety officers at Carroll Community College will be armed as a result of a memorandum of understanding signed this week between the college and the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.
The May 20 memorandum outlines the policies and responsibilities for public safety efforts between the college and the Sheriff's Office.
The college's Board of Trustees voted May 15 to approve arming certain safety personnel — known as campus Special Police Officers — as designated by Maryland State Police, according to a news release from the college.
The recommendation was made after the college conducted an internal review and held discussions with the Sheriff's Office and state police. Both groups recommended that the college arm the officers. The program will be implemented in the next few months, following completion of training, planning and policy-setting, according to college spokeswoman Sylvia Blair.
College officials said the majority of the campus' Special Police Officers have had 20 or more years of law enforcement experience with carrying a firearm prior to retiring, then joined the campus force. These officers will train with the Sheriff's Office in a process that includes firearms training.
"It is our belief that having armed Special Police Officers will better protect the college community and our officers during critical situations on campus," said college Executive Vice President of Administration Alan Schuman in a statement. "We are pleased with the Memorandum of Understanding signed today between the college and the Carroll County Sheriff's Office."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun