Indiana Colleges Arming Campus Security

At least five universities in Indiana have armed campus police with military-grade equipment since 2010 through a program that distributes surplus military supplies. A review of public records by The Indianapolis Star found Indiana University, Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, Purdue University Calumet, Valparaiso University and Vincennes University have received such supplies, including body armor, military vehicles and M-14 and M-16 rifles. Purdue University Calumet Faculty Senate Chairman Feng-Song Wang says he was shocked to learn campus police at a regional college of 9,400 students would have military-grade gear. He says he has requested an inventory of equipment acquired. Jerry Minger, who oversees seven campus police departments at Indiana University, said it is appropriate for campus police to have such equipment because they protect the community.