Editor:

Your story, Post-Star, Oct. 27, "Campus officers to be armed" is worthy of some comments.

The first consideration is what is the intent of arming the college security force? If it is to prevent a deranged person from shooting up the college, then forget it. Just as a well dedicated and highly trained fire department cannot prevent fires, an armed force cannot prevent shootings. The best value of well trained armed officers is to stop the carnage of a shooting or at least slow it down. There is also a small degree of value of armed officers just as a deterrent to some.

It must be realized that the weapon being carried by security officers is never to be used to frighten or intimidate but a tool to kill with in order to save a life or lives during a calamity. These officers must not only be trained in the proficiency use of their weapon but most importantly the psychology of when to shoot. This can be the most difficult part of an officer’s training.

If these people can be found and trained, you will have provided the best kind of security available for the college, its personnel and students.

Joe Rota, Granville, retired New Jersey police officer

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