UO Police Department gets all new equipment
EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon Police Department is stepping up security, thanks to a $49,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
For the first time, campus police will be equipped with tasers, patrol rifles, new body cameras and bomb-sniffing dogs.
Chief Carmichael says the tasers will give his officers a non-lethal option when confronting a suspect, and the rifles will be kept in their patrol cars, only to be brought out if necessary.
Carmichael says the new gear is not about militarizing police, but rather them following a national trend of increasing campus security.
"If you think about the times that we live in today, our police are responding to critical incidents that unfortunately at times involve firearms," said Chief Carmichael.
The new gear will be ready to use by the end of the year, and they come with other changes to the department, such as eco-friendly and Duck-themed patrol cars and new green and yellow uniforms for the officers.