Campus police in the South Orange County Community College District will get new weapons under a $19,000 plan approved Monday by trustees.
In a 4-to-1 vote, trustees approved upgrading campus police weapons from .38-caliber revolvers to 9-millimeter semiautomatic handguns.
Campus police officials said the upgrade, endorsed by the Orange County Sheriff's Department, is necessary because the 15-year-old revolvers in use lack safety devices.
This is the second time the trustees considered a request to upgrade the weapons. In August the same request failed by a 3-to-2 vote.
Trustee Joan Hueter cast the deciding vote Monday, having originally voted against the upgrade. Hueter said her son-in-law, a reserve sheriff's deputy, explained to her the safety benefits of the 9-millimeter weapons.