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Armed Deputy Starts Patrols at Oregon Community College

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An armed sheriff's deputy will begin patrolling an Oregon college where a gunman killed nine people and himself last month.
 
Douglas County deputy Scott Batsch began patrols at Umpqua Community College on Monday. When a shooter attacked the Roseburg campus on Oct. 1, there was one guard armed only with pepper spray.
 
Batsch is a recently retired deputy with experience as a school resource officer.
 
Umpqua's $30,000 contract with Douglas County will pay for Batsch to be on campus seven hours a day, five days a week through June 30. He will have a car on campus but mostly patrol on foot.
 
Oregon law says community colleges can't employ armed officers, but they can contract with police agencies for the service.

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