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Police and Law Enforcement Home    >    Editorials    >    TCNJ Police, Officials Setting the Standard for Active Shooter Training


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TCNJ Police, Officials Setting the Standard for Active Shooter Training
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Monday, March 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 are unarmed.

Not only are Princeton officers prohibited from carrying on duty, they're prohibited off duty as well.  They don't even get semi-annual firearms training.

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 personnel. 

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 editorial of 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 Rutgers Police.

Nice job to TCNJ Police and University officials.  Very refreshing.









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