Public Information Sessions
To ensure a comprehensive understanding of the issues related to arming URI police officers, all community members are invited to attend the following public forums. These sessions are designed to foster an inclusive, campus-wide discussion. Reports and studies that have been produced over the past several years related to campus safety are available on our website.
Brown University’s Experience with Arming Campus Police
September 25, 3-4 PM, Memorial Union Ballroom
* Russell Carey, Executive Vice President for Planning and Policy, Brown University
* Mark Porter, Chief, Brown Police
Vice President Carey and Chief Porter will discuss the decision-making process that went into arming the Brown campus police force in 2006. The University has shared its research that led to their decision to train and equip its campus police officers with firearms. See the Bratton Group Report.
Public Forums: Arming URI Police
Sponsored by the Offices of the President, Provost, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, and the Student Senate
* October 7, Memorial Union Ballroom, 3-4 PM
* October 28, Memorial Union Ballroom, 3-4 PM
* October 30, Feinstein Providence Campus, Auditorium 5-6 PM
* Stephen Baker, director of Public Safety, URI
* Lynn Derbyshire, professor, Communication Studies
* Leo Carroll, professor and chair, Department of Sociology & Anthropology
* Mary Jo Gonzales, assistant vice president for Student Affairs and dean of Students
* John H. McCray Jr., Vice Provost, Urban Programs (At Providence Forum)
* URI student representative
* Vincent Vespia, chief of police, South Kingstown Police Department
Members of the campus community may submit comments, concerns or questions regarding the issue of arming campus police on this web page.