BOSTON >> Two city councilors in Boston are calling for a public hearing regarding the decision by Northeastern University to provide 20 of its officers with "tactical rifles."

The Boston Globe reports councilors Josh Zakim and Tito Jackson penned a letter to President Joseph Aoun stating that residents of the city's Mission Hill and Roxbury neighborhood deserved to have a say about the presence of new force in the area.

Ralph Martin II, the university's general counsel, says Northeastern is just following in the footsteps of other area schools and more than 60 other campuses across the country.

The decision to upgrade the arsenal was made late last year.

Martin says public input wasn't considered because the weapons would only be utilized during high-level threat situations on campus.

Information from: The Boston Globe,