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College Police: Rifles Needed to Keep the Peace

Rifles would help law enforcement keep the campus safe by being able to shoot at long-range targets instead of being limited to handguns, officers from the community college's police force said.

Updated 12:59 p.m.

Southwestern College Police Department Chief Michael Cash has requested that law enforcement at the community college receive rifles in order to respond in the event of a shooting or other potential threats at the campus, The SWC Sun reported Wednesday.

“If I’m going to put my life on the line, I want to make sure that our people have the best equipment to stop whatever is going to come across, because if we don’t, we’re not of service to anyone here,” Cash told the newspaper.

Cash was hired as the college's new police chief in August.

Southwestern is the only college in the county that does not have rifles or Tasers, Sergeant Robert Sanchez told The Sun.

Some college employees believe the community's opinions should be sought before rifles come to the Chula Vista campus, and that other more likely public safety threats like earthquakes or fires should be addressed first.

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What do you think? Do police at Southwestern College need rifles? Share in comments.

John Galt November 28, 2012 at 08:40 PM
NO rifles - handguns okay. Engage when necessary. Campus police are usually bored.
Ed Sorrels November 28, 2012 at 08:41 PM
If the picture shown is of one of the officers you intend to arm I would say NO. He isnt even hoilding the weapon correctly to fire it, Especially in the role of sniper. If you do arm them, Please, Please send them up to Edison Range up at Pendelton where they can be correctly trained to fire them we already have to many officers out there that don't seem to be able to hit anything.
Libi Uremovic November 28, 2012 at 08:57 PM
'...requested that law enforcement at the community college receive rifles in order to respond in the event of a shooting or other potential threats at the campus,..." how many time has this need come up in the past? “If I’m going to put my life on the line...' he's campus security for jr. college... if he fears for his life around a bunch of 20 year old kids carrying books to class then he's in the wrong industry...
Phil M November 28, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I am sure Virginia Tech would have said the same thing until it happened. Being prepared has nothing to do with how many times it has happened in the past. It is having the foresight to see that something could happen down the road. I agree with Ed, that if you do arm them make sure they are trained. At my university the officers there are all ex state police and military. Just because they choose to work there does not mean they are sub-par. I think they need to be equipped. Hope for the best but you must prepare for the worst. ________________________________________ Find a Career College near you, www.americolleges.com
Ed Sorrels November 28, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Phil M. I agree, Prepare for the worst. I am sure we all remember the Texas Tower shooting's by Charles whitman in 1966, How could have anyone known he had a brain tumor, But lives would have been saved if they would have had immediate access to long gun's that day. But trainning is the most important thing and not just initally each year or oftener they should go back to the range and requalify it is a skill that must be constantly practiced to be effective at !
Jon Hall November 29, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Hmmmmmm --- arming the temple guards so they can eliminate the rabble who dare to question the authority of the Fearless Leader --- all in the name of order of course ... Gee, where have I heard this before ??? Sieg Heil ...
Jon Hall November 29, 2012 at 04:04 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_State_shootings
David Danciu November 29, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Tasers Yes-Rifles, No. We do not need the mindset that the use of deadly force is needed. How can you guarantee that the security guards aren't the ones that may go off the deep end? When you use the logic that these weapons are necessary "just in case" , then it follows that "just in case" is justification for everyone to be armed. Is this the world you want to live in? Preparing for a natural disaster should be of more importance.
Mike G November 29, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Campus police do not need long range tactical weapons. Should the need arise CVPD, SDSO, SDPD SWAT are available. I do however firmly support campus cops having access to TASERS, pepper ball rounds, bean bag rounds, police grade pepper spray and every other non-lethal weapon at their disposal in addition to standard issue 9mm side arm. Insanity knows no age limit. College students go nuts too.
C. Ball December 06, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Libi, Northern Illinois (2008), Virginia Tech, Columbine (High School 14-18 year olds), University of Texas (1969)...the list goes on and on. What the Chief is saying is this.."If you expect us to safely and quickly engage this type of threat then we need the tools to do so".
Marginally Sane January 08, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Campus police at SWC are POST trained fully credited police officers and not "security guards. All I can really write is, "better to have them and not them, than to need them and not have them"...... Side arms against an AR15 is a losing proposition. Lots of people will die, including officers who have familes as well. FULLY trained police officers who work both with Chula Vista PD AND SWC are a good investment. That's what we have. These guys are good at what they do and it is silly to compare them to security oficers.
Marginally Sane January 08, 2013 at 09:48 PM
WTF? Park your spaceship in THIS conversation, okay Jon? Holy geezus
Marginally Sane January 08, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Libi, they are not afraid of the people you mention here. It's the one who has a long trench coat, vacant stare and hiding two AR 15 long rifles with 800 rounds of ammo they tend to get a little nervous around. It wil be interesting to read these comments back IF the horrible situation happens and people are seriously hurt or lives are lost at SWC.
Marginally Sane January 08, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Right on the money Phil......... Nicely written......

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