According to the Idaho State Journal, a press release issued earlier this week after the move was approved by the State Board of Education stated that the changes were a “result of an ongoing security assessment of safety and security measures across the ISU system.”
Under the new measure, ISU Public Safety Director Steve Chatterton, along with one other supervisor and eight full-time officers, will be issued Glock 17 9mm pistols.
“It’s the same pistol that Cal Edwards uses for training at POST academy,” Chatterton said. “It’s a good fit for us because that’s what they’ve used at the academy.”
As the Idaho State Journal notes, the decision to arm campus police comes amid the July 1 deadline for implementation of Idaho’s new concealed carry law on college campuses, which was signed into law by Gov. C.L. Butch Otter back in March. The law prohibits colleges and universities from banning firearms on campus property. Thus, starting in July, students, staff and visitors will be allowed to carry concealed firearms on campus in Idaho as long as they have a concealed carry permit, or are retired LEOs.
“This is expected to be a multi-phase process, which will initially include arming highly-trained, on-campus university officers,” the press release said about arming ISU campus police.
“Our objective is to maintain a safe and secure campus environment,” Chatterton said. “We are increasing our officers’ capabilities to respond timely.”