Campus Police Being Armed With Weapons At Colleges

At least five universities in Indiana have armed campus police with military-grade equipment since 2010 through a program that distributes surplus military supplies. I-U, IPFW, Purdue Calumet, Valparaiso and Vincennes Universities have received such supplies, including body armor, military vehicles and M-14 and M-16 rifles. The Purdue Calumet Faculty Senate Chairman says he was shocked to learn campus police at a regional college of 9,400 students would have military-grade gear. He's requested an inventory of equipment acquired. Meantime, the man who oversees seven campus police departments at I-U, said it is appropriate because they protect the community.