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Right now, a law last reviewed in 1977 excludes Washington state community colleges from having commissioned police forces on campus. Right now, a law last reviewed in 1977 excludes Washington state community colleges from having commissioned police forces on campus.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Right now, a law last reviewed in 1977 excludes Washington state community colleges from having commissioned police forces on campus.

"As a former police officer," said Ken Demello, who is the director of campus safety at the Community Colleges of Spokane,"I know there are certain services we can't provide because we're not commissioned police officers."   

"We're pretty safe here," said Demello, "but that doesn't mean that things can't happen." 

And yesterday's tragedy forced a lot of us to wonder, would community colleges be safer with armed police officers? 

"It has a preventative, deterrent aspect," said Greg Stevens, of Community Colleges of Spokane. "I think officers have an additional tool in their belt in how to respond, and for all those reasons I think it'd have value."  

Eastern Washington University, a state school, has 14 commissioned police officers - armed police officers.

But, Eastern Washington University Police Chief Tim Walters was quick to point out, "regardless of whether we're commissioned or armed, it does not stop killings from happening."

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