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PSU unveils new campus safety plan

Stephen Percy, interim PSU president

PORTLAND, Oregon – Following the fatal officer involved shooting of Jason Washington by a Portland State police officer, the university is out with a new campus safety plan.

While some officers will continue to be armed, interim PSU president Stephen Percy said they will improve methods to avoid the use of deadly force.

“We’re doubling down on de-escalation techniques,” Percy added.

There will be 10 armed and sworn officers who will go through the same training as all police in the state, plus 10 non-sworn officers who respond to incidents where a police officer isn’t required and then 10 student ambassadors.

An independent report following the Jason Washington shooting found armed officers were needed, because they’re required to also cover off campus incidents in downtown Portland.


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