Amherst College is hiring a consulting firm to help it determine whether armed campus police officers should be removed from campus. According to Carolyn Martin, President of the Massachusetts-based college, the school is one of two New England colleges with armed police on campus right now.
She said that the college wants to reevaluate the safety and security needs of the students, faculty and campus community.
The move from Amherst College, comes after an April 13 walk-out by students earlier this year, calling for the college police department to be abolished. The consulting firm will help Amherst research existing campus-safety models and study how institutions are changing their policing strategies in the wake of building community pressure.