Daily Hampshire Gazette, April 26
Although police on some area campuses carry firearms, other colleges have decided that arming public safety officers is not a way to make their campuses safer. At both Amherst College and the significantly larger University of Massachusetts, police officers have had firearms for many years, but Smith, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire colleges all have resisted the concept. Amherst College Police Chief John Carter said that allowing his officers to carry firearms means that the campus can offer a full police response." Amherst College has chosen to provide the highest level of protection to our community and, therefore, has armed, sworn police," said Carter.