Last I checked UO was paying its public safety director more than the City of Eugene was paying its Police Chief Pete Kearns. Presumably the push for guns will yield another big raise. No worries, Moffitt has plenty of money for this sort of stuff, and is happy to spend it if it will make her job easier. Just don't ask her to help pay the startup for some physics professor.
Will UO arm the new police? I think it's inevitable. Read this 2011 report from the University Risk Management and Insurance Association. It boils down to this:
- yes, armed police means a risk of a lawsuit if your police shoot someone
- but unarmed police means a risk of a lawsuit because someone gets shot buy a disgruntled graduate student whom armed police could have stopped
- there's no clear evidence as to which risk is greater, but most campuses our size have armed police
- in a lawsuit, the "everyone else is doing it" defense carries a lot of weight