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A sign sits along the road to Umpqua Community College on October 2, 2015 in Roseburg, Oregon. Yesterday 10 people were killed and another seven were wounded on the campus when 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer went on a shooting rampage. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An armed sheriff’s deputy will begin patrolling an Oregon college where a gunman killed nine people and himself last month.

The Oregonian reports that 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.