TCNJ Police, Officials Setting the Standard for Active
Police and Law Enforcement News
18, 2013 8:52 a.m.
Last month, we did an editorial ("Princeton
University, Arm Your Cops!" Feb. 19) taking Princeton University
Officials to task over their policy prohibiting their sworn police
officers from carrying firearms.
At a time where invading school campuses with a gun seems to be growing
more popular among those who feel they are without options, it is
preposterous that police officers hired to protect those same campuses
Not only are Princeton officers prohibited from carrying on duty,
they're prohibited off duty as well. They don't even get semi-annual
And then there's the College of New Jersey.
TCNJ also has a fully empowered police department, but here's something
unique: they treat the organization like a police department.
TCNJ officers carry guns and have managed not to encroach on the
learning atmosphere, a feat apparently out of reach at Princeton.
Last week, TCNJ officers took advantage of spring break and put their
officers through active shooter training on the campus. A unit from the
New Jersey State Police came down and helped set up scenarios for TCNJ
The training came complete with simunition weapons to make it even more
realistic with a force-on-force component.
TCNJ Police Chief John Collins told The Times of Trenton that all
of his officers would be going through the training. "The idea is that
if they have to do it in real life, they can react to it.”
The single biggest threat to a campus community right now is the active
shooter. If you're a campus police department and are not doing active
shooter training, then, frankly, what the hell are you doing?
For Princeton and the handful of remaining institutions that are
concerned about how students would feel about armed officers or holding
such bold training on campus, we suggest you read the most recent
The Daily Targum,
the student newspaper for Rutgers University. In the piece they are
calling for the active shooter training given to TCNJ to be expanded to
Nice job to TCNJ
Police and University officials. Very refreshing.