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Five UR officers now carrying firearms

Five top officers within the Department of Public Safety at the University of Rochester are now carrying firearms.


University leaders announced Monday the officers have completed training and began carrying weapons Jan. 3.


The chief, deputy chief, commander of investigations and two other officers are armed as part of a 2016 Security Commission Report recommendation. 


Beginning Feb. 6, 30 DPS officers will carry firearms while on duty at the university’s medical center as well.


The armed officers there will be divided among the patrol and supervisory shifts to address safety concerns, especially at the emergency department, officials said.


Locally, five other colleges and universities use armed security: Finger Lakes Community College, Genesee Community College, Monroe Community College and the SUNY Colleges at Brockport and Geneseo.


Three others are in the process of or considering the transition to an armed force: Rochester Institute of Technology and Roberts Wesleyan College.


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