University hiring armed security

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There will be a total of 17 armed employees within the public safety department, nine of them based at Davenport's main campus in Grand Rapids. Courtesy Davenport University

With mass shootings becoming more prevalent across the U.S., a private university is hiring armed security guards for its campuses statewide.

Davenport University will have a public safety department providing armed security at some of its 14 campuses beginning this fall, according to Amy Miller, Davenport’s executive director of communications and public relations. 

There will be a total of 17 armed employees within the public safety department, nine of them based at Davenport's main campus in Grand Rapids. There also will be supervisory staff assigned to both day and night shifts at the main residential campus in Grand Rapids.

Matt Miller, Davenport’s executive director of risk management and public safety, oversees the public safety team. Leadership will be centralized to the main campus.

Davenport undertook a four-year feasibility study to determine the safety and efficacy of having an armed response on campus, Miller said.

Davenport is not disclosing the costs associated with the program.

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