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Sen. Kruse spearheads bill for increased security at UCC, says it won't break budget

Umpqua Community College (File/SBG photo)

SALEM, Ore. -- State Senator Jeff Kruse of Roseburg is pushing for increased security funding at Umpqua Community College.

Kruse is spearheading a bill in the Senate that would provide funding for three full-time security guards on the UCC campus.

Kruse says the request for beefed up security came from UCC President Deb Thatcher in light of the 2015 shooting at the college.

"It's a special allocation; it's not a budget breaker from the state perspective by any measure,” Senator Kruse said. “They came to me with that as a request and I talked to the representatives from the Community College Association. They were 100% supportive behind it."

Senator Kruse says the bill passed out of committee last week and will now go to the state government's main budget process.

If approved, the security funds should arrive at UCC before the start of the next school year.

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